In the past, Ohio has been known to overlook the operations of large breeding facilities. After 7 years of working its way through legislation, new regulations will be put in place January 1st, 2014 to protect often bred dog breeds such as Pomeranians and Puggles. The new regulations are meant to crack down on puppy mills. Big breeders that produce a minimum of 9 litters and at least 60 dogs within a calendar year will be required to get a state license. The state can’t predict how many breeders will acquire a license, but there are 100 applications in progress and 13 completed at this time. Additionally, breeders must pass a background check and be covered by insurance. Proof of a relationship with a veterinarian that has the ability to provide care for the animals will also be required. The new law also sets standards for the wellbeing of puppies and dogs. The kennels must be of adequate size for the canine as well as clean, well ventilated and temperature controlled. Shelter from the weather must also be provided. To insure enforcement of the new laws and regulations, the Ohio Department of Agriculture has hired four inspectors, a supervisor and staff.