COLUMBUS: A new set of guidelines is being proposed to regulate how loose dogs can be captured and how canines are euthanized.
The legislative measure sets training and licensing requirements for dog wardens and other officers who would use a drug to capture a companion or stray dog. It allows certified officers to use a drug to apprehend a dog in order to limit injury to themselves, the animal or the public.
The measure would require that the State Board of Pharmacy work with the State Veterinary Medical Licensing Board to make sure that officers have undergone training in pharmacology, proper administration, storage and record keeping of drugs used in “chemical capture.”
Ohio House members voted 94-1 Wednesday to approve the measure and send it to the state Senate.
Sponsoring Rep. Dorothy Pelanda, a Marysville Republican, said the guidelines make the capturing and euthanizing of dogs “more humane.”