Holmes County Ohio Exposed

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Holmes County Ohio Exposed

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

Latest Inspection Report

Read the latest inspection report on Ervin Raber

Show Me The Money!

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

Kennel Stats

2007 Kennel Stats

Holmes County has 485 licensed kennels.

9,192 dogs are living in these kennels.

2008 Kennel Stats

Kennels increased to 537 with a total of 9,809 dogs

Click-Here for a listing

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.

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 puppies.

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: hcc@valkyrie.netThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Contact Us Via Mail

Advocates of Holmes County Exposed

PO 218154

Columbus, Ohio 43221

Interesting Info

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

McKenzie’s Law

Constituents to Hughes: Drop S.B. 95 and Support McKenzie’s Law

Ohio State Senator Jim Hughes is a primary sponsor of S.B. 95 commonly known as the puppy mill bill.  A similiar bill failed to pass during the last session.  This version has been pending all year and appears no closer to passing.

Constituents of Senator Hughes met with him, or rather, his aide, last week to try and convince him to reject the unpopular S.B. 95 and substitute instead McKenzie’s Law, a copy of which is available for download.

Download the Endorsement Form attached below, fill it out and send it in!

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What You Can Do!

Email info@holmescountyexposed.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Email lauraallen@animallawcoalition.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Find your legislator here and write or call, send them a copy of McKenzie’s Law and urge them to support McKenzie’s Law as a substitute for S.B. 95

More Information can be found here

Auctions Exposed

Regulating Breeders

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.


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