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Group files petition to get a law banning dog auctions
Group says it collected over 150,000 signatures
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


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The group that wants to ban dog auctions in Ohio is taking steps to do just that. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.

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The Coalition to Ban Dog Auctions has turned in petitions to the Ohio Secretary of State’s office.  The group said it submitted signatures of more than 150,000 registered voters who want state lawmakers to pass a law banning dog auctions.

If about 115,000 petition signatures are ruled valid, the Ohio General Assembly will have four months to pass the ban.  If that doesn’t happen, the coalition can collect another round of 115,000 signatures to put the plan on the November ballot. 

The proposal would ban the auction or raffle of dogs in Ohio and ban the sale or trade of dogs that were acquired through an auction.  If someone violates that law, they could face up to 30 days in jail and a $250 fine. 

There’s no indication, at this point, whether state lawmakers might pass the issue.  But animal rights activists have been fighting for years for a bill to crack down on puppy mills and lawmakers haven’t passed that yet.

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