Tuesday, February 16, 2010

PUPPIES FOR SALE ~ updated 02/18/2010

I don't know about you but I HATE when I hear or see "PUPPIES FOR SALE"...in a newspaper, on a telephone pole, flier, etc. Do people not have anything better to do?

There is this horrible breeder (use that term so loosely) down the street from me. Well I found a way to get people in trouble with the law for selling puppies.. at least in the state of Ohio it works.

#1. In Ohio it is illegal to separate a puppy less then 8 weeks of age from it's mom. You can turn someone in and they can be charged with a misdemeanor.

If you would like to read more about Ohio's law or look up a law in your state check out


To report someone for not paying taxes on the sell of their puppies:

send an email to:

send a letter to:
The Ohio Department of Taxation
Enforcement Division
4485 Northland Ridge Boulevard
Columbus, Ohio 43229

There is a form you can down load on the Ohio Dept. of Tax website to make sure they get all the information they need to prosecute someone. Go to

REMEMBER you can do this TOTALLY anonymous!


The Ohio sales tax applies to sales of tangible personal property made in this state. The use tax applies to the storage, use, or consumption of tangible personal property in Ohio. Prior to H.B. 95, the Ohio sales tax statutes did not contain a definition of "tangible personal property." Effective July 1, 2003, a new R.C. 5739.01(YY) was added to the sales tax chapter. That section provides:

"Tangible personal property" means personal property that can be seen, weighed, measured, felt, or touched, or that is in any other manner perceptible to the senses. For purposes of this chapter and Chapter 5741, of the Revised Code, "tangible personal property" includes motor vehicles, electricity, water, gas, steam, and prewritten computer software.


#3. ANYONE who breeds in the state of Ohio must hold a Kennel License!
Ohio Revised Code, section 955.02, a kennel owner is a "person, partnership, firm, company, or corporation professionally engaged in the business of breeding dogs for hunting or sale." When a person breeds dogs avowedly as a hobby, "but permits sales to become such a factor that he advertises for sale" the breeding activity and dogs, that person "is professionally engaged in the business of dog breeding" and must be registered as a kennel.

In the state of Ohio if you have more then 4 dogs you will be forced to buy a Kennel License. If you buy a Kennel License they will force you to get a vendor's license. This law went into affect in July 2009.

#4. You do need a vendor's license to sell puppies - even if you sell just 1 litter a year. I called the Ohio Department of Tax and they are cracking down on people selling puppies and not paying sales tax. You are more then welcome to call them at 1-888-405-4039 to verify ANY of the information I have listed above!

*** I was told by Ohio Department of Tax that ALL complaints / tips submitted will be researched. Ohio is cracking down on people not paying sales and use tax and one of their targets are people selling puppies.


NoviceLife said...

Good Info! I am SO SO SICK AND TIRED of everyday in the Gazette seeing add for dogs & puppies 'Free to Good Homes' - UGH, it is gut wrenching!!

Kelly said...

My favorite is....."Puppies for sale, designer breeds, cash only, $200 and up...." That's all the world needs, more "designer breeds!"

Anonymous said...

You know in all of those crazy Gazette's and small local newspaper...where the average joes just love to place their ads for "Puppies for Sale". Why couldn't we run an add that states the "5 rules" that you just listed??? Then as each person reads that hopefully they see there is more to it then just buying a puppy! Like especially not buying before 8 weeks old!!! Also, hopefully the ones who continue to breed will read it also (hopefully they proofread their ads and see it) and maybe get scared and stop!!! Just a thought...hmmm. LOL

Anonymous said...

sorry "4 rules" you posted! LOL

Dog Rescuer said...

oh you better believe that now that I have done this research I have a few rescue friends that are going to start watching the news paper! ;-)

alokseow said...

I love puppies, it a big news for me.
Thank's a lot for sharing this.
I'll foreword your message to all friends.

Lincoln Taylor said...

Really you have posted very nice post about the puppies. I got you blog during searching for Puppies for sale.