Richmond, Ohio

  • Spaying and neutering is mandatory unless guardians pay $100 a year for a breeder’s permit.
  • If the guardians fail to purchase the permit, they will be fined an additional $50.
  • Breeding restrictions limit unsterilized animals to only whelp one litter per animal within the permit year.

Sec. 4-77 (a) No person shall cause or allow any dog or cat owned, harbored or kept within the City of Richmond to breed without first obtaining a breeding permit, as described below. The term “breeding permit” means a written authorization, issued annually by the Department of Public Health, giving its lawful holder permission to breed a dog or a cat. (b) Each breeding permit shall be valid for one year from the date of issuance, and may be renewed annually before its expiration date. Each applicant for such a permit shall pay an annual fee of one hundred dollars ($100.00) per dog or cat. A separate permit must be obtained for each owned dog or cat which is allowed to breed.

Sec. 4-77 (c) (1) The owner of a female dog or cat that is not sterilized shall not allow the whelping of more than one litter per animal in any household within the permit year.

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