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State Pet Shop Laws: Ohio

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  • 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)

Vet Care:

  • 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)


  • N/A

Lemon Laws:

  • N/A

Food and Water:

  • N/A

Sanitary Conditions:

  • N/A

Unweaned Animals:

  • 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)

Miscellaneous Provisions:

  • 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)


  1. Where “adequate space” is not defined the state has not established a definition for the term.
  2. 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.

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