Tucked among the myriad funding issues in Ohio’s biennial budget bill is a provision that would end payouts to owners when their livestock is killed by a dog.
The provision would also end the requirement that county animal control officers investigate when livestock are killed by a coyote or black vulture.
The County Commissioners Association of Ohio says the livestock kill laws are outdated and should be removed.
Brian Mead, a policy analyst with CCAO, said eliminating this requirement has been in the organization’s platform for years.
“It made sense 200 years ago, but with today’s advancements it doesn’t make sense,” he explained.
Under current law, when any livestock is killed by dog, the owner can request reimbursement from the county dog and kennel fund, which is funded by dog license and registration fees. The fund is supposed to cover the costs of tags and registrations, the operations of the dog warden and payment of any animal claims.