State attempts to supersede local laws on pet sales

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GROVE CITY, Ohio (WCMH)–Grove City Council members passed a pet sales law by 4 to 1, requiring city pet stores to buy and sell only pets obtained from an animal shelter, humane society or rescue.

That local law is now in jeopardy because state lawmakers are proposing their own new law.

State lawmakers on a finance committee inserted an unrelated amendment into a tax bill that would allow the state to trump local laws on pet sales.

That law could make two cities’ local pet sales laws void: Grove City and Toledo.

“This is another great example of the state of Ohio, saying ‘no we are going to decide what is best for your community and that is wrong,'” said Ted Berry, Grove City Councilman.

Senator Bob Peterson (R-Washington Courthouse) chairs the Ways and Means Committee hearings.

“As a farmer, and a pet owner, I believe we need to treat our pets like part of the family, and this amendment makes sure that animals waiting for a loving home are protected by a USDA-approved organization,” he said.

Petland built a new store in Grove City earlier this year and has battled Grove City ever since over where it can buy its pets.

“The local ordinance in Grove City simply puts pets stores out of business,” said Petland’s legal counsel Mike Gonidakis.

Berry said council held public hearing and this is what the community wants.

“We know this issue we know what our community wants and what they care about. For the state of Ohio to act by sneaking a piece of legislation in at the 12th hour is extremely wrong,” he said.

Petland says this law regulates pet stores, something that is hit or miss in communities but not by the state. “

We believe we need to be regulated in Ohio. The pet industry should be regulated, and this legislation does just that,” Gonidakis said.

But asked whether this proposed law benefits mainly Petland, Gonidakis responded,” Well certainly, it would benefit pet stores all across the board, our competitors and other pet stores in state of Ohio.”

There will be a chance for the public to speak out on the state pet law legislation. The committee will meet again on Wednesday morning at 9:30 in the statehouse Finance Committee Hearing Room.What others are clicking on:

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