A new Ohio law making it a felony to abuse a companion animal in the state of Ohio.
House Bill 60, also known as Dick Goddard’s Law, makes it a fifth degree felony to cause “serious physical harm” to any companion animal, which is defined as any animal kept inside a residential dwelling, and any dog or cat regardless of where it is kept. Serious physical harm includes depriving a pet of food, water or shelter or inflicting long-term pain.
A person found guilty would have to pay a fine and face a prison term of at least six months to a year in prison.
The law would also impose mandatory prison time for anyone who assaults a police dog or horse that dies of its injuries.
Nice to see the state of Ohio step up and take animal rights seriously. Companion animals are loved as family. It only makes sense to rightfully punish someone who would hurt a member of your family.