Before the bill was amended, Stop Puppy Mills Ohio, an animal advocacy group that was collecting signatures to put the issue on the November ballot, was concerned that the bill was too vague and created loopholes.
John Goodwin, the senior director of the national Stop Puppy Mills campaign, which is run by the Humane Society, said in an article on the organization's website that the threat of a possible ballot measure allowed for a compromise with the bill.
“Volunteers’ signature-gathering efforts are the only reason we’re in a position to be able to do this,” Goodwin said in that article.
Among other standards, the bill also redefines what counts as a high-volume dog breeder in Ohio. According to the analysis, current law holds that a high-volume dog breeder produces nine litters of puppies a year and sells at least 60 adult dogs or puppies each year. The new law would decrease that number and create a more specific definition.