AKC Recognizes Ohio State Senator Bill Coley as Legislator of the Year

2018-12-27 | , 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 William B. Coley II was presented with the 2018 AKC Legislator of the Year Award.

Senator Coley was the lead sponsor this session of Senate Bill 182, which allows owners to bring their dogs on outdoor patios at restaurants if the business wishes to allow them.

The AKC was proud to support this bill that expands opportunities for both responsible dog owners and for businesses who wish to encourage dog owners and their pets to dine at their restaurants.

“As a dedicated and passionate purebred dog owner, Senator Coley has continued to show his commitment to promoting responsible dog ownership in Ohio,” remarked Jennifer Clark.  “We thank Senator Coley for his leadership on Senate Bill 182, which allows dog owners more opportunity to enjoy outdoor activities with their pets while also allowing Ohio restaurants the opportunity to welcome customers and their dogs as patrons.”

Senator Coley, Chairman of the Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee, represents the 4th Ohio Senate District, which constitutes part of Butler County.  He and his wife Carolyn are the proud owners of two AKC-registered Old English Sheepdogs named Wilby and Ellwood. 

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

Read Senator Coley’s press release from June 2018 for more information on Senate Bill 182.

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