Skip to code content (skip section selection)
(A) No person shall sell, offer to sell, or expose for sale to the general public at retail any dog under the age of 8 weeks.
(B) No person shall receive or ship, for sale to the general public at retail, any dog that is not accompanied by a certificate, issued by a licensed veterinarian who is accredited by the United States Department of Agriculture and authorized to issue health certificates for animals in interstate commerce, certifying that the dog is sufficiently sound and healthy to be reasonably expected to withstand the intended transportation without adverse effect.
(C) This section does not apply to the transportation of dogs in interstate commerce by common carrier, provided that neither the point of shipment nor the point of receiving is within this state.
(D) No person responsible for the transportation of a pregnant dog shall be liable in damages for any injury or illness of, or the death of, the dog or any puppies, whenever the injuries, illness or death results from the birth of such puppies during the time the dog is being transported.
(R.C. § 955.50)
(E) Whoever violates this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor for a first offense; each subsequent offense is a misdemeanor of the fourth degree.
(R.C. § 955.99(C))