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H. B. No. 352 As IntroducedAs Introduced
|129th General Assembly|
Representatives Antonio, Ashford, Garland, Letson, Murray, O'Brien, Ramos, Szollosi, Fedor, Goyal
To amend section 1531.99 and to enact section 1531.40
of the Revised Code to prohibit the future
acquisition of a dangerous exotic animal, to
require a person owning a dangerous exotic animal
on the act's effective date to register it with
the Division of Wildlife, and to declare an
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF OHIO:
Section 1. That section 1531.99 be amended and section
1531.40 of the Revised Code be enacted to read as follows:
Sec. 1531.40. (A) On and after the effective date of this
section, no person shall acquire by any means a dangerous exotic
(B) A person who owns a dangerous exotic animal on the
effective date of this section shall register the animal with the
division of wildlife not later than sixty days after that date. A
registration may be issued if both of the following apply:
(1) The person has not been convicted of an offense involving
the abuse or neglect of any animal pursuant to any local, state,
or federal law.
(2) The person has not had a license or permit regarding the
care, possession, exhibition, breeding, or sale of animals revoked
or suspended by any local, state, or federal agency.
The care and disposition of dangerous wild animals owned by a
person who is not eligible for a registration under this division
shall be conducted in accordance with rules adopted under this
(C) The chief of the division of wildlife shall adopt rules
under section 1531.10 of the Revised Code that establish both of
(1) A requirement that the owner of a dangerous exotic animal
who registered the animal under division (B) of this section have
the animal microchipped, and requirements and procedures governing
(2) Any other requirements and procedures that are necessary
to administer this section, including requirements governing the
disposition of dangerous exotic animals owned by persons who are
not eligible for registration under division (B) of this section.
(D) This section does not apply to any of the following:
(1) The division of wildlife;
(2) A facility that is an accredited member of the American
zoo and aquarium association or that is under mentorship of the
(3) An accredited member of the American zoo and aquarium
association or an entity that is under mentorship of the
association that is conducting educational or other activities
with dangerous exotic animals outside of the facility that is
operated by the member;
(5) A veterinary hospital or clinic;
(6) A wildlife sanctuary;
(7) A research facility as defined in the "Animal Welfare Act
of 1966," 80 Stat. 350, 7 U.S.C. 2131, as amended;
(8) A vocational school, college, university, or other
(9) A traveling public show or circus that uses dangerous
exotic animals as an integral part of the show or circus
performance and that keeps the animals in this state only during
the time period when the traveling public show or circus is
performing in this state;
(10) An individual who does not reside in this state and is
traveling through this state with a dangerous exotic animal, who
has the animal confined in a cage at all times, and who is in this
state not more than ninety-six hours;
(11) A law enforcement agency;
(12) Any other entity designated by the chief in rules
adopted under this section.
(E) As used in this section:
(1) "Dangerous exotic animal" means any of the following:
(a) A large cat other than a cat commonly known as a house
(b) A nonhuman primate, except a nonhuman primate that
provides support or assistance for a mobility impaired person;
(e) A constricting snake;
(g) Any other animal designated by the chief in rules adopted
under this section.
(2) "Humane society" means an organization that is organized
under section 1717.05 of the Revised Code.
(3) "Wildlife sanctuary" means a nonprofit organization as
described in section 170 of the "Internal Revenue Code of 1986,"
100 Stat. 2085, 26 U.S.C. 170, as amended, that operates a place
of refuge where abused, neglected, unwanted, impounded, abandoned,
orphaned, or displaced dangerous exotic animals are provided care
for their lifetime or released back to their natural habitat and,
with respect to an animal possessed by the organization, that does
not do any of the following:
(a) Use the animal for any type of entertainment;
(b) Sell, trade, or barter the animal or the animal's body
Sec. 1531.99. (A) Whoever violates section 1531.02 of the
Revised Code, or any division rule, other than a rule adopted
under section 1531.25 of the Revised Code, is guilty of a
misdemeanor of the fourth degree.
(B) Whoever violates section 1531.02 of the Revised Code
concerning the taking or possession of deer or violates division
(K) of section 1531.06 or section 1531.07 or 1531.29 of the
Revised Code is guilty of a misdemeanor of the third degree on a
first offense; on each subsequent offense, that person is guilty
of a misdemeanor of the first degree.
(C) Whoever violates section 1531.25 of the Revised Code is
guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree.
(D) Whoever violates section 1531.02 of the Revised Code
concerning the buying, selling, or offering for sale of any wild
animals or parts of wild animals, the minimum value of which
animals or parts, in the aggregate, is one thousand dollars or
more as established under section 1531.201 of the Revised Code, is
guilty of a felony of the fifth degree.
(E) Whoever violates section 1531.40 of the Revised Code is
guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree on a first offense and
a felony of the fifth degree on each subsequent offense.
(F) A court that imposes sentence for a violation of any
section of this chapter governing the holding, taking, buying,
selling, or possession of wild animals, including, without
limitation, section 1531.11 of the Revised Code, may require the
person who is convicted of or pleads guilty to the offense, in
addition to any fine, term of imprisonment, seizure, and
forfeiture imposed, to make restitution for the minimum value of
the wild animal illegally held, taken, bought, sold, or possessed
as established under section 1531.201 of the Revised Code. An
officer who collects moneys paid as restitution under this section
shall pay those moneys to the treasurer of state who shall deposit
them in the state treasury to the credit of the wildlife fund
established under section 1531.17 of the Revised Code.
Section 2. That existing section 1531.99 of the Revised Code
is hereby repealed.
Section 3. Division (B) of section 1531.40 of the Revised
Code, as enacted by this act, does not apply until the
ninety-first day after the effective date of this act.
Section 4. This act is hereby declared to be an emergency
measure necessary for the immediate preservation of the public
peace, health, and safety. The reason for such necessity is the
need to protect the citizens of the state from injury or harm
caused by dangerous exotic animals. Therefore, this act shall go
into immediate effect.