AKC Recognizes Ohio State Representative Brian Hill as Legislator of the Year
The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world’s largest purebred dog registry and leading advocate for dogs, is pleased to announce that Ohio State Representative Brian Hill was presented with the 2018 AKC Legislator of the Year Award for his significant impact on Ohio dogs, dog owners, and breeders during this legislative session.
Representative Brian Hill, Chairman of the House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, was the lead sponsor of HB 506 – a bill that regulates professional breeders and ensures the humane treatment of dogs in the state. Because of this bill’s passage, a dangerous proposed constitutional amendment that could have harmed some dogs was withdrawn.
As a farmer, Zanesville, OH-based Hill understands the importance of developing laws that promote animal welfare based on science, rather than emotion and assumptions which characterized the proposed amendment. Chairman Hill established a stakeholder group of experts including the AKC to develop a comprehensive law to protect dogs in the state. Throughout the process, Hill was responsive to all breeders and stakeholders who contacted his office with questions, concerns, and comments.
“Chairman Hill’s leadership was essential to ensuring the continued protection of dogs and responsible breeders in Ohio. Without his sponsorship of House Bill 506, Ohioans would have been forced to fight a dangerous ballot measure that would have harmed dogs and punished responsible, humane breeders. We thank him for his outspoken dedication and leadership on this important issue that will ensure dogs bred in Ohio are protected now and for generations to come,” said Jennifer Clark, AKC’s Director of Legislative Outreach.
Clark presented the award to Chairman Hill at the Ohio Statehouse in December 2018.