Ohio Seeks Stiffer Penalties for Abuse of Dogs

Legislation would make mistreatment of animals a felony, not a misdemeanor.

Posted: May 18, 2009, 5 a.m. EDT

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A push to make the mistreatment of cats and dogs a felony instead of a misdemeanor is underway in Ohio.

Legislation introduced recently seeks to increase the degree of offense for the prohibition against the cruel treatment of a companion animal by the animal’s custodian or caretaker to a felony of the fifth degree.

House Bill 70, sponsored by Rep. Ronald Gerberry (D-Canfield), was written in response to a case in Youngstown, Ohio, involving a kennel owner who was ordered to serve four months in jail plus fines for starving seven dogs to death and abusing 12.

Proponents of the bill say Ohio must join 45 other states in making animal abuse a serious felony crime and not allow cruelty to continue with little to no punishment. This measure would increase fines and potential jail time for a person who is convicted or pleads guilty to abuse charges.

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BILLY   SHEFFIELD VILLAGE, OH

6/6/2009 5:41:07 PM

ITS ABOUT TIME THATS ALL I CAN SAY

MY NIECE WHO JUST THINKS ITS FUNNY THAT HER 7
YR
OLD KICKS A FAMILY PET WE TOLD HER TIME AND TIME AGAIN AND ALL SHE SAYS THE BOY IS 7YRS OLD AND YOU CANT DO NOTHIN ABOUT IT. I TOLD HER WATCH AND SEE WHT WE DO. AMEN GLAD YOU WILL PUSH THING THREW YOU HAVE MY VOTE I HAVE A DOG AND 3 CATS AND ALL 4 OF GET ALONG WITH EACH OTHER.

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Coral   Greendale, WI

5/18/2009 4:45:50 PM

I feel this is still not enough.

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Jeanne   Boardman, OH

5/18/2009 6:21:24 AM

I feel this bill was a long time in coming. I hope the judges utilize it as Ohio has been way too lenient with these monsters who abuse animals. Thank you Ron Geberry for sponsoring this much needed and long awaited bill.

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D   Indy, IN

5/18/2009 6:19:50 AM

I seriuosly hope this bill makes a diffence, but if they actually start handing out tougher penalties, I will be surprised.

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