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Business of selling and/or breeding domestic dogs in the state of Ohio:
The Ohio Revised Code (R.C.) section 5701.03(A) defines “personal property” to include “every tangible thing that is the subject of ownership, wether animate or inanimate, including a business fixture, and that does not constitute real property***”.
R.C. section 5739.01(YY) defines “tangible personal property” for purposes of the Ohio sales tax, as, “personal property that can be seen, weighed, measured, felt, or touch, or that is otherwise perceptible to the senses.” Under these definitions, dogs are tangible personal property in Ohio.
R.C. section 5739.01(B)(1) indicates that sales tax is to be applied to “All transactions by which title or possession, or both, of tangible personal property, is or is to be transferred, or a license to use or consume tangible personal property is or is to be granted.” Sales of dogs are therefore; subject to Ohio sales tax unless the purchaser has some claim of exemption.
As a vendor of tangible personal property, you are required to register as a vendor, collect the proper amount of sales tax, maintain complete records of all transactions and timely file and pay tax returns. http://codes.ohio.gov/orc
2013 Kennel Stats
11,401 dogs living in commercial kennels in Holmes County, Ohio
80 kennels closed or owner moved
67 new kennels for 2013
393 total kennels
2012 Kennel Stats
2011 Kennel Stats
429 Kennels with a total of 11,917 dogs
2010 Kennel Stats
410 Kennels with a total of 11,033 dogs
In 6 years, one female dog and her offspring can be the source of 67,000 dogs
2009 Kennel Stats
Kennels decreased to 412 with a total of 8,737 dogs
There are now 1,072 fewer dogs and 125 fewer kennels.
148 Kennels did not purchase their 2009 license. 49 new Kennels owners purchased 2009 licenses.
2008 Kennel Stats
Kennels increased to 537 with a total of 9,809 dogs
2007 Kennel Stats
Holmes County has 485 licensed kennels.
9,192 dogs are living in these kennels.
Do you want to sound off about the puppy mills in Holmes County? Here are the contacts:
Holmes County Dog Warden:
PH: (330) 674-6301 Fax: (330) 674-0566
Mailing Address: 2 Court Street, Suite 10; Millersburg, Ohio 44654
Physical Address: 5387 County Road 349; Millersburg, Ohio 44654
The Holmes County Commissioners
2 Court Street, Suite 14 • Millersburg, Ohio 44654 • (330) 674-0286 • Fax: (330) 674-0566• e-mail:
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Columbus, Ohio 43221
Definition of "Kennel Owner"
According to the Ohio Revised Code, section 955.02, a kennel owner is a "person, partnership, firm, company, or corporation professionally engaged in the business of breeding dogs for hunting or for sale." When a person breeds dogs avowedly as a hobby, "but permits sales to become such a factor that he advertises for sale" the breeding activity and dogs, that person "is professionally engaged in the business of dog breeding" and should be registered as a kennel.
The term "kennel" means any pack or collection of dogs, over the age of three months, kept together for the purposes of hunting or for sale. Ohio Revised Code 955.04
ALERT: Canine Brucellosis has been reported by the USDA in Holmes County.
This zoonotic disease has been reported in numerous dog breeding kennels from coast-to-coast. BEFORE
purchasing a dog/puppy ask for a canis brucellosis test stating a negative results. If testing is refused, PASS on the purchase.
Canine Brucellosis Fact Sheet
- Canine Brucellosis is a zoonotic bacterial disease, meaning it can be transmitted from dogs to humans.
- Brucella canis is a bacteria found in kennels in dogs used for breeding.
- This bacteria is found in the male’s testicles and typically results in the animal becoming sterile. This disease can infect females and their fetuses.
- Dogs with Brucellosis Canine should NEVER be used for breeding.
- Dogs used for breeding pass this disease to their puppies.
- Female dogs with brucellosis abort their puppies; non pregnant dogs may fail to conceive.
- Dogs with brucellosis canine may also suffer from poor hair coat, listlessness, fatigue, lethargy, exercise intolerance, weight loss, lameness, back pain and behavioral changes like lack of alertness. Brucellosis canine can cause long term damage to dogs such as inflammation in the spleen, eye infections, liver sis in the spine and kidneys, bone or joint infections that can mean back pain and arthritis.
- It is recommended dogs with Brucellosis be euthanized because there is no cure and a vaccine is needed.
- Kennels infected with Brucellosis, all dogs should be isolated, tested immediately and dogs infected should be euthanized.
- Brucellosis canis in humans mimic the flu. Common symptoms in humans are fevers, sweats, body aches and backaches, enlarged liver, infection of the bones, lung disease, inflammation of the heart and heart valve problems.
- People who have compromised immune systems such as those undergoing chemotherapy, transplant procedures, corticosteroid therapy, as well as those who have AIDS, diabetes, leukemia and other conditions causing deficiency in the immune system. Small children are at risk.
- Canines Brucellosis canine can be spread by direct contact with an infected dog’s bowls, leashes, collars, and handler’s hands as well. Dogs may spread bacteria in urine, saliva, nasal or ocular secretions and feces. Because dogs are noted for poking their noses in all sorts of places, this disease is a ramped spreading disease
- Canines Brucellosis has been reported in OH, IN, MI, GA, WA, IA, KY, NY, PA
- 10 privately‐owned pet dogs were diagnosed with Brucella canis in MI.
- Brucellosis can wipe out breeding lines if appropriate prevention is not practiced.
- Testing, Euthanizing, Vaccination and Management are needed.
This disease is under‐reported. Most people are treated for flu symptoms and the brucellosis is never detected.
U. S Department of Agriculture regulating “commercial dog breeders” under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA)
are inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal Care program.
Those facilities that breed and sell their animals to pet stores, brokers, or research facilities are covered under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and are inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal Care program. Because the focus of the AWA is on commercial dog breeders and wholesale dealers, the law specifically exempts most retail pet stores from Federal regulation. This includes facilities that sell dogs directly to the public.
USDA inspects all regulated (licensed) dog breed facilities. Breeders and dealers must employ either a full-time veterinarian or arrange for a veterinarian to visit their business regularly. An outside veterinarian employed by the facility must establish a written program of veterinary care and submit it to APHIS (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service) for review.
In order to engage in regulated activities, the animal breeder or dealer must first apply for an AWA license from APHIS. http://www.aphis.usda.gov/publications/animal_welfare/content/printable_version/faq_animal_dealers.pdf
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