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The Humane Society says Ohio is most improved among states
Ohio got better grades for exotic animals and puppy breeding laws

Ozie Ikuenobe
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The Humane Society has given Ohio “most improved” in its ranking of state animal protection laws.

It credits Ohio’s new puppy mill bill, which sets standards for high-volume puppy breeders, and new regulations on the private ownership of exotic animals. The rating moved Ohio from 36th in 2011 to 27th.

Karen Minton, a spokeswoman for The Humane Society, says the new regulations on exotic animals were important.

Minton on the new regulations

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“Ohio is a state where I needed a license for my three pet dogs to run in the backyard, but I could have a puma, some cheetahs and any other species. No license, no veterinary care whatsoever and that was perfectly fine. It was rather nonsensical.”

Minton says one major thing that still needs to be changed is Ohio’s animal cruelty code. She says Ohio is one of a minority of states where animal cruelty is not a felony on the first offense.

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