YOU CAN HELP HOLD PUBLIC OFFICIAL ACCOUNTABLE WITH OHIO’S NEW POWERFUL PUBLIC RECORDS LAW.
Under the new Ohio Public Records law, anyone WITHOUT HAVING TO IDENTIFY HIM OR HERSELF can walk, write or call a public office and ask them to provide you with copies (with certain exceptions, e.g., medical data, police officer’s addresses) of any public record they are required to keep, or make on their own. YOU CAN NOT BE DENIED, and they cannot require you to identify yourself, sign any forms, or the like A public record includes personnel files, discipline records, training records. Any type of record (paper, notes, e-mails, you name it). CLICK ON THE LINK AND SEE THE LAW FOR YOURSELF. IT IS ONE OF THE MOST CITIZEN ENABLING LAWS IN THE COUNTRY.
Contact the county commissioners’ office (by mail, in person, by phone) and ask them to make copies of these records:
- Personnel records of the county dog warden
- Personnel records for each of the county commissioners
- Personnel records of dog warden deputies
- Copies of all inspections of dog kennels in Holmes County for the last three years.
They can charge a reasonable fee (usually 5 cents per page). Tell them to have them when you want them, where to send them, or just stop in to pick them up. If for any reason you are denied, stalled, intimidated call the state attorney general’s office and file a formal complaint.
Puppy Mill Country
The purpose for this site is to heighten public awareness of the activities in Holmes County Ohio pertaining to the mis-treatment of dogs and companion animals and their sale thru "Dog Auctions".
Claims have been made by the puppy mill profliferators that the puppy business is a 9 Million Dollar per year industry for Holmes County but yet when you look at the County statistics this isn't reflected in published reports. Why? Not only are these "Millers" mis-treating their animals; they are making a reported 9 Million Dollars per year at the dogs expense.
It's a booming business in Holmes County, Ohio and it's PUPPY MILL COUNTRY
Holmes Co. Info
"In Holmes County alone this industry brings in over 9 million dollars a year, not to mention the surrounding counties and the rest of the state" - Ervin L. Raber President, Ohio Professional Dog Breeders Assocation
Holmes County Fact Sheet Read "Employment and Wages by Sector" Page 5
Who also supports this Industry? The County Commissioners
Joe Miller, Chairman
Ray Feikert, Vice-Chairman
David Hall, Holmes County Commissioner
Read their open-letter dated 10/9/2007