State Pet Shop Laws: Ohio
- Animal: any animal that is a bird, reptile, amphibian, fish or mammal other than humans. (OHIO REV. CODE ANN. § 941.01)
- Domestic animal: livestock and other animals that have been bred to a degree resulting in genetic changes to the species to an extent that makes them different from nondomestic animals of their kind. (OHIO REV. CODE ANN. § 941.01)
- Everyone is required to obtain a vet certificate prior to importing an animal into the state. (OHIO REV. CODE ANN. § 941.041)
- Anyone who imports or exports a dog to/from the state for retail sale must obtain a vet certificate the dog is “sufficiently sound and healthy” to be transported without “adverse effect.” (OHIO REV. CODE ANN. § 955.50)
Food and Water:
- Everyone is prohibited from selling, offering to sell, or transporting (for sale at retail) any dog under 8 weeks old. (OHIO REV. CODE ANN. § 955.50)
- License not required for retail pet stores.
- rohibits anyone from killing a domestic animal using a high altitude decompression chamber or any method that does not render the animal immediately and painlessly unconscious and subsequently dead. (Penalty: 4th degree misdemeanor) (OHIO REV. CODE ANN. § 959.06)
- Where “adequate space” is not defined the state has not established a definition for the term.
- The definition of “animal” may actually be broadly written while the types of animals covered by the law (e.g., veterinary care, sanitation, food and water) may be more narrowly drafted.