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Petland applauds enactment of SB331

SB331 makes Ohio just one of six states that regulates pet store buying standards.

(Chillicothe, OH, December 19, 2016) – Petland Inc., applauds Ohio Governor John R. Kasich signing into law SB331, which creates consistent state-level regulations concerning buying standards for Ohio pet stores relating to the sale of dogs.  SB331 makes Ohio a national leader in responsible companion animal welfare protection.  

“At Petland, we have a long history of advocating for responsible animal welfare standards by encouraging improvements in standards of care over our past 50-years.  With our support of the passage of the Ohio high-volume breeder bill SB130 in 2013 and now SB331, Ohio is a leader in promoting responsible animal welfare care in the country,” said Petland President and CEO Joe Watson.  

For the first time in the state of Ohio, SB331 creates a regulatory framework with recognized buying standards for pet stores selling professionally bred puppies.  The Ohio Department of Agriculture, which already regulates Ohio licensed high-volume canine breeders, will now also oversee pet store buying standards.

"Misguided local pet sale bans that prohibit the sale of puppies from regulated and inspected breeders have failed to improve conditions for dogs at ‘puppy mills.’  Instead such bans have encouraged unregulated and inhumane pet breeding operations.  SB331 will require all Ohio pet stores to purchase from breeders that meet defined buying standards that encourage improved humane animal welfare", said Brian Winslow, Vice President of Animal Welfare Education for Petland.


Petland, Inc. is a franchise operation with quality, full service retail pet centers across the United States, Canada, Japan, China, Mexico, South Africa, Brazil and El Salvador. For more than 49 years, Petland Pet Counselors have been dedicated to matching the right pet with the right person and meeting the needs of both. To its customers who already have pets, Petland is dedicated to enhancing their knowledge and enjoyment of the human-animal bond. Petland was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in south central Ohio. For more information on Petland, visit www.petland.com.