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Ohio State Laws Governing Private Possession of Exotic Animals

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• OHIO ADMIN. CODE §901: 1-17-12 - Nondomestic animals

(A) No nondomestic animal shall be imported into the state of Ohio unless:

(1) It is in full compliance with all other state and federal agencies [sic] rules and regulations; and

(2) It is free of evidence of any contagious or infectious diseases or parasites harmful to humans or animals.

(B) Nondomestic animals may be legally imported into the state under all of the following conditions:

(1) Animals are accompanied by an entry permit and certificate of veterinary inspection, and

(2) Test-negative animals that have been exposed to test-positive animals through transportation or husbandry practices will be allowed entry into Ohio only by permission of chief, division of animal industry and with a consignee letter of consent.

(3) Animals are accompanied by documentation to prove they had been legal residents in the state or country of origin (i.e., license numbers of appropriate state and federal permits or tenure status on certificate of veterinary inspection).

(C) Qualifications, specific tests, or statements required for mammals prior to entry into the state:

(1) Brucellosis

Animals may move on a brucellosis free herd status that is acceptable to the chief of the division of animal industry or on negative test results from an approved state/federal brucellosis laboratory conducted within thirty days prior to entry. This requirement includes but is not limited to the following categories of animals over six months of age:

Cervidae: Elk, caribou, moose, deer (including but not limited to fallow, roe, axis, sika, red, and white tail)

Bovidae: Antelope, wild cattle, buffalo, wild goats

Suidae: Wild swine including peccaries

(2) Tuberculosis (mycobacterium bovis)

Animals may move on a tuberculosis free herd status that is acceptable to the chief of the division of animal industry or have a negative test which was conducted within sixty days of entry or in accordance with the stipulation on the permit. Eligible species would include but not be limited to the following categories of animals over six months of age:

Buffalo

Elk (cervus canadenis)

Caribou (rangifer spp.)

Wild cattle

Deer (including but not limited to fallow, roe, axis, sika red,and white tail)

(3) Pseudorabies

Official pseudorabies serologic tests must be negative within thirty days prior to entry. Breeding animals must be held in isolation and post entry tested twenty-one to forty-five days after the import date. This requirement includes but is not limited to the following categories of animals except for suckling piglets accompanying a negative saw:

Suidae: Wild swine

Tayassuidae: Peccarie

(4) Equine infectious anemia

Equidae, except suckling foals accompanied by a negative dam, must be negative to an official equine infectious anemia serological test conducted in a laboratory approved by United States Department of Agriculture - animal plant health inspection service within twelve months prior to entry. This requirement includes but is not limited to the following categories of wild equidae, except suckling foals accompanying a negative dam:

Equidae: All wild horses, wild donkeys, and zebra

(D) Qualifications, specific tests, or statements required for birds prior to entry into Ohio:

(1) Pullorum and fowl typhoid

(a) Commercial gamebirds, including, but not limited to bobwhite, quail, coturmix quail, pure or hybrid ring-neck pheasant, chukar, hungarian partridge, wild turkey, ratites, and their eggs, unless going directly to slaughter or a ratite feedlot for slaughter, must originate from a producer who is participating in the pullorum-fowl typhoid control phase of the national poultry improvement plan or the birds must test serologically negative for pullorum and fowl typhoid within the past thirty days. Aforementioned birds (excluding turkeys) imported for a sale, swap, or show may be tested as negative upon arrival. Negative serologic tests for pullorum and fowl typhoid are required within thirty days from the entire breeder flock who imports eggs and hatching birds and is not a participant in the national poultry improvement plan.

(b) In lieu of pullorum and fowl typhoid testing for doves, pigeons, and certain other birds, the following statement can be placed on the health certificate: "To my knowledge, birds listed herein are not infected with pullorum or fowl typhoid and have not been exposed to birds infected with pullorum or fowl typhoid during the past twelve months." This statement should be signed by the owner or the owner's representative.

(2) Mycoplasmosis

Wild turkeys of the species melagris gallopavo and their eggs, unless going directly to slaughter, must originate from a producer who is participating in the mycoplasmosis control phase of the national poultry improvement plan or the birds must have tested serologically negative for mycoplasma gallisepticum, mycoplasma meleagridis, and m. Synoviae within the past thirty days. In the case of eggs, the breeder flock must be a national poultry improvement plan participant or must have tested negative, in the past thirty days.

(3) Newcastle disease

The statement "to my knowledge, birds listed herein are not infected with Newcastle disease or chlamydia and have not been exposed to birds known to be infected with newcastle disease within the past thirty days," shall be written on the health certificate of all psittacine birds entering the state and be signed by the owner or the owner's representative.

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