901:1-4-11 Transportation.

(A) Transportation of animals shall comply with the United States Animal Welfare Act transportation standards or the international air transportation association standards.

(B) Certificates of veterinary inspection and required transport permits must accompany the shipment and must be in compliance with all applicable state, national, or international requirements.

(C) The animal's cage or enclosure shall be of sufficient strength and security to prevent escape and large enough to ensure that each animal has sufficient space to turn, stand erect, and lie naturally. However, certain species may be restricted in their movements according to professionally acceptable standards when such freedom of movement would constitute a danger to the animals, their handlers, or other persons.

(D) Animal transportation must be conducted in a manner that is safe, well-planned, coordinated, and minimizes distress to the animal.

(E) Animals in transit must be checked on every four hours to assure they are receiving sufficient air for normal breathing and they are being protected from adverse weather conditions.

(F) Animals must be transported in double containment (primary and secondary enclosures.) The vehicle, if fully enclosed, may serve as the secondary enclosure. The primary enclosure must be constructed so that no body part can protrude from the enclosure.

(G) The animal containment area shall be free of engine exhaust fumes.

(H) Only one nonhuman primate, including a female in estrus, shall be transported in a primary enclosure, except for:

(1) A mother and nursing infant;

(2) A male/female pair or a family group; and

(3) A compatible pair of juveniles that have not reached puberty.

(I) Animals transported in the same primary enclosure shall be of the same species and maintained in compatible groups.

(J) Animals that have not reached puberty shall not be transported in the same primary enclosure with adult animals other than their dams.

(K) Animals must be placed in a primary enclosure that prevents the leaking of excreta with floors that:

(1) Have a solid, leak proof bottom; which contains a sufficient amount of clean absorbable litter which is safe and non-toxic to cover the excreta; or,

(2) Have a removable leak proof collection tray under a slatted or wire mesh floor.

(L) Animals shall be watered within four hours prior to being transported and every twelve hours thereafter and fed every twenty four hours unless directed by a licensed veterinarian.

(M) Nonhuman primates that are more than one year of age must be fed every twenty four hours; and if less than one year, they must be fed every twelve hours. They must be watered every twelve hours.

(N) The transporter must have an emergency plan.

Effective: 07/18/2013
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 07/18/2018
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 935.17
Rule Amplifies: 935.17