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Kennel Operations

The Holmes County Dog Warden’s Department is responsible for making sure that low volume commercial dog breeders are properly registered. Beginning January 1, 2017, the Dog Warden in Holmes County can also insure that kennels are providing humane treatment and care to their dogs. A kennel is defined in Chapter 955 of the O.R.C as an establishment that keeps, houses, and maintains adult dogs, for the purpose of breeding the dogs for a fee or other consideration received through a sale, exchange, or lease and that is not a high-volume breeder licensed under Chapter 956 of the revised code. High Volume Dog Breeders, those breeders producing 9 litters of puppies in a calendar year or selling 60 dogs or more in a calendar year must register with the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

If an officer finds a low volume kennel conducting business without proper registration, that individual will be subject to a citation. If an officer finds a high-volume kennel operating without a proper license from the Ohio Department of Agriculture that kennel will immediately be reported to the Department of Agriculture. For more information on High-Volume kennel licensing and restrictions please reference Chapter 956 of the Ohio Revised Code.

Kennel Registration: O.R.C 955.21:

No owner, keeper, or harborer of a dog more than three months of age, nor owner of a dog kennel, shall fail to file the application for registration required by section 955.01 of the Revised Code, nor shall he fail to pay the legal fee therefor.

Penalties:

  • First Offense: Fine no less than $25.00 and no more than $75.00. Individual must also purchase a kennel license for twice the original price.
  • Second Offense: Fine no less than $75.00 and no more than $250.00 Individual must also purchase a kennel license for twice the original price.