Ohio Petition to Ban Dog Auctions
Officials have cleared the way for supporters to gather signatures for a proposed Ohio ban on auctions of dogs.
The initiative known as the Ohio Dog Auctions Act would make it unlawful for any person to auction or raffle a dog within Ohio for any purpose. It would also prohibit bringing a dog that was acquired through an auction or raffle into Ohio for purposes of sale or trade.
The Ohio Attorney General would have authority to investigate and prosecute alleged violations of the Act. A first conviction under the Act would be punishable as a minor misdemeanor and each subsequent conviction as a fourth degree misdemeanor.
Petition Signatures Needed
Before the legislature to consider this important ban, however, petitions must be circulated to gather signatures from Ohio voters in at least 44 of the state's 88 counties. Only qualified electors can sign the petition. There is one petition per county.
The total number of valid signatures on the petition must equal 120,700. The deadline is December 14.
How You Can Help
- Start a petition in your county, click here.
- Important, read the instructions for circulating a petition.
- When the Ohio Dog Auctions Act is on the ballot, vote "yes."