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SENATE BILL 310: OHIO DANGEROUS WILD ANIMAL ACT Summary & Key Provisions
Published 10/23/2013

SENATE BILL 310: OHIO DANGEROUS WILD ANIMAL ACT

Summary & Key Provisions

In order to ensure the safety of the public and ensure animals are treated humanely across the state, the Ohio Dangerous Wild Animal Act makes changes to Ohio law regarding the ownership, sale and permitting of dangerous wild animals and restricted snakes.

Prior to passage of Senate Bill 310 (Balderson), Ohio laws regulating animal ownership were among the weakest in the country. Following the tragic events that took place in Zanesville, Ohio in October 2011, Governor John R. Kasich, the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA), and the Ohio Legislature worked with stakeholders to craft legislation to prevent such tragic events from occurring again.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE OHIO DANGEROUS WILD ANIMAL ACT: Unpermitted ownership of dangerous wild animals and restricted snakes will be banned in the State of Ohio effective January 1, 2014; Offering dangerous wild animals and restricted snakes for sale by auction will be prohibited immediately after the law becomes effective; Acquiring, buying, selling, trading, or transferring possession of a dangerous wild animal without a proper permit will be prohibited; Allowing a permitted or registered dangerous wild animal or restricted snake to roam off the property where it is confined will be illegal, punishable as a first degree misdemeanor for a first offense and as a felony for any subsequent offenses; and Anyone who knowingly releases a dangerous wild animal or restricted snake into the wild will be charged with a felony.

Dangerous wild animals Restricted snakes

Large cats Rhinos Anacondas and pythons (longer than 12 ft)

Bears Alligators Certain vipers

Elephants Crocodiles Certain venomous snakes

Certain monkeys

REGISTRATION After the Ohio Dangerous Wild Animal Act becomes effective on September 03, 2012, owners of dangerous wild animals and certain restricted snakes in Ohio will be required to register their animals with ODA. Registrations must be received no later than November 02, 2012.

Unless exempted, the law requires all animals to be micro-chipped at the time of registration.

Unless exempted, anyone wishing to possess a dangerous wild animal or restricted snake after January 1, 2014 must apply for an applicable permit (see below) and demonstrate they meet the permit requirements. ODA will maintain a database of the name and address of each person that possesses a registered dangerous wild animal until January 1, 2014, and of each person issued a permit under the bill on and after that date.

PERMITS Anyone applying for a permit to keep a dangerous wild animal or restricted snake will be required to meet strict caging, fencing and public signage requirements. They must also carry liability insurance or a surety bond to cover any costs associated with an injury or property destruction caused by their animals; and Owners of venomous snakes will be required to maintain access to anti-venom for every poisonous snake in their possession. Owners will be liable for costs associated with the treatment of a bite.

Types of Permits Wildlife shelter permit – Owner does not intend to breed the animal(s) or acquire new animal(s)

Permit application fee: $250 - $1,000 (+ $125 for every animal over 15 animals)

Liability insurance or surety bond requirement: $200,000 - $1 million Wildlife propagation permit – Owner intends to breed the animal(s) solely for the purposes of a species survival program and does not intend to acquire new animal(s)

Permit application fee: $1,000 - $3,000

Liability insurance or surety bond requirement: $200,00 - $1 million Restricted snake possession permit – Owner does not intend to breed, sell, trade or otherwise transfer the animal(s)

Permit application fee: $150

Liability insurance or surety bond requirement: $100,000 - $500,000 Restricted snake propagation permit – Owner intends to breed, sell, trade or otherwise transfer the animal(s)

Permit application fee: $300

Liability insurance or surety bond requirement: $100,000 - $500,000 Rescue facility permit – Designated as a rescue facility where abused, neglected, unwanted, impounded, abandoned, orphaned, or displaced dangerous wild animals are provided care for their lifetime or released back to their natural habitat

Permit application fee: $500 - $2,000

Liability insurance or surety bond requirement: Not defined in statute

EXEMPTIONS (Registration Only, No ODA Permit Required) Accredited Association of Zoos and Aquariums facility Accredited Zoological Association of America facility Research facility as defined in federal Animal Welfare Act Research facility accredited by Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International U.S.D.A. licensed Circus Veterinarians providing temporary care Wildlife shelters accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries Individuals travelling through the state who are not in the state for more than 48 hours and who do not exhibit the animal(s) or allow them contact with the public Educational institution that displays a single dangerous wild animal as a mascot Persons or facilities possessing certain Ohio Department of Natural Resources permits Service capuchin monkeys trained by non-profit organizations Certain non-human primates

SENATE BILL 310: OHIO DANGEROUS WILD ANIMAL ACT Summary & Key Provisions

Red Cross offers tips on emergency preparedness
Published 09/24/2013

The recent rain and flooding in New Mexico and Colorado forced a lot of people out of their homes, but when natural disasters happen, a lot of people aren't ready to evacuate.

New Mexico and Colorado aren't immune to the harsh realities of Mother Nature.

Just last week, flooding put parts of New Mexico underwater, and a lot of the time, people are not prepared.

"I worked in the shelters during the West Fork fire and so many people would come in the door and say I can't believe I didn't remember my paper work, I don't have my prescriptions I don't have my birth certificate I don't have my insurance information," Cindi Shank of Red Cross of Southwest Colorado said.

That’s why they Red Cross wants to help the people in the Four Corners get ready for the next emergency.

The Red Cross is hosting a preparedness seminar.

They’ll go over things like how to make an emergency kit.

Some of the essential items you want to have in your kit are nonperishable food items you never know when you're going to be in an emergency and you want to make sure the food you have isn't spoiled.

It’s also important to have things like matches and flashlights, something we should all have readily available.

"I’ve been caught in the dark in some hotels when I travel and I found a real important friend is my handy dandy flashlight," Shank said.

And with winter just around the corner, it's more important than ever to be prepared.

"I think everyone's a little skittish based on the fall we've had. We've has so much rainfall and so much flooding that they're anticipating it going into the wintertime," Shank said.

The seminar is free and will be held tomorrow at the Red Cross of Southwest Colorado at 1911 Main St in Durango. Their phone number is 970-759-4697.

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Published 09/24/2013

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