Possible state ban on dog auctions

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Officials have cleared the way for supporters to gather signatures for a proposed Ohio ban on auctions of dogs.

A 4-0 vote Tuesday from the state Ballot Board means backers of an Ohio Dog Auctions Act may go to work collecting nearly 120,700 valid signatures from registered Ohio voters. The petitions are necessary to put the proposed law before the Legislature in January.

If lawmakers don't act within 90 days, supporters could attempt to gather more signatures to put the plan on the 2010 ballot.

The Dog Auctions Act would ban the auctioning or raffling of dogs in Ohio, or the sale or trading of a dog acquired through an auction elsewhere. A first offense would be punishable as a minor misdemeanor.

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