(A) Except as provided in rules adopted under section 941.41 of the Revised Code, no animal shall be ordered destroyed by the director of agriculture, in accordance with this chapter, until that animal has been appraised in accordance with divisions (B) and (C) of this section. This section does not apply to any animal that is adulterated with residues and ordered destroyed by the director.
(B) The director of agriculture shall appraise, based on current market value, any animal destroyed by his order under this chapter, and may indemnify the owner of the animal if, upon the request of the director, the director of budget and management provides written notification to the director of agriculture that there is an unencumbered balance in the appropriation for the current biennium sufficient to pay the indemnity. The amount of indemnity shall be the appraised value of the animal, less any salvage value and indemnity received from another agency. In no case shall the state indemnity payment exceed fifty dollars per head for a grade animal or one hundred dollars per head for a registered purebred animal.
(C) For the purpose of indemnification, the value of any animal ordered destroyed shall be determined by an appraisal made by a representative chosen by the owner and a representative chosen by the department of agriculture. In the event of a disagreement as to the amount of the appraisal, a third disinterested person shall be selected, at the owner's expense, by the two, to act with them in the appraisal of the animal.
(D) The director of agriculture may refuse to pay an indemnity for any animal ordered destroyed if the owner has been convicted of or pleads guilty to a violation of any of the provisions of this chapter or the rules promulgated thereunder.
Effective Date: 06-20-1994