(A) If any person has reason to suspect the existence of a dangerously contagious or infectious disease, a disease of concern, or a residue, the person immediately shall give notice of that fact to the director of agriculture or to a licensed veterinarian.
(B) If a veterinarian receives notice of the existence or suspected existence of a dangerously contagious or infectious disease, a disease of concern, or a residue as provided in division (A) of this section, the veterinarian immediately shall communicate that notice to the director.
(C) No person shall sell, attempt to sell, keep with intent to sell, or otherwise transfer to another person an animal that the person knows, or has reason to know, is infected with or exposed to any dangerously contagious or infectious disease or a disease of concern or is adulterated with a residue, except as otherwise provided in this chapter or rules adopted under it.
(D) The offense established under division (C) of this section is a strict liability offense and section 2901.20 of the Revised Code does not apply. The designation of this offense as a strict liability offense shall not be construed to imply that any other offense, for which there is no specified degree of culpability, is not a strict liability offense.
Amended by 131st General Assembly File No. TBD, HB 131, §1, eff. 3/23/2016.
Effective Date: 06-20-1994