New law makes it a felony to abuse companion animals

People who abuse animals may now face charges under a new Ohio law.

According to NBC4I, House Bill 60 will now make it a fifth degree felony to cause "serious physical harm" to "companion animals."

Those include dogs, cats, or any other type of animal living indoors. 

Abuse include inflicting long-term pain or depriving animals of water, food, or shelter, the station reported. 

If an abuser is found guilty of breaking the law, they'd face possible prison time and a fine. 

The legislation is dubbed 'the Dick Goddard Law,' a nod to the longtime Cleveland metrologist who's been a friend and advocate for animals.



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