AKC Recognizes Ohio State Senator Bob Peterson as Legislator of the Year

2018-12-26 | , American Kennel Club


The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world’s largest purebred dog registry and leading advocate for dogs, is pleased to announce that Ohio State Senator Bob Peterson was presented with the 2018 AKC Legislator of the Year Award.

Senate President Pro Tempore Bob Peterson was instrumental in advancing HB 506 in the Senate – a bill that regulates professional breeders and ensures the humane treatment of dogs in the state. As a result of this bill’s passage, a dangerous proposed constitutional amendment that could have harmed some dogs was withdrawn. Senator Peterson’s leadership was also key in ensuring the subsequent agreement with animal rights groups supporting the constitutional amendment to halt future irresponsible, non-scientific proposals.

Sen. Peterson, a farmer in Fayette County, OH, has been a good friend to responsible dog owners and breeders for years in Ohio, valuing AKC’s input on legislation impacting dogs and dog owners.   

“Over the past few years, AKC has been pleased to work with Senator Peterson on legislation protecting responsible dog owners, breeders and sellers,” Clark stated.  “We greatly appreciate his continued commitment and leadership in support of Ohio dogs and dog owners.  Without his leadership, House Bill 506 would not have become law.”

In addition to serving as Ohio Senate President Pro Tempore, Peterson is Vice Chair of the Rules and Reference Committee, and a member of the Agriculture; Government Oversight and Reform; Local Government, Public Safety and Veterans Affairs; and Ways and Means Committees.

Jennifer Clark presented the award to Senator Peterson at the Ohio Statehouse in December 2018.

Read AKC's previous article "Ohio: A Tale of Two Approaches to Regulate Breeders" for more informaiton on House Bill 506 and the proposed constitutional measure.

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