Animal Cruelty Law Goes Into Effect In Ohio [Video]

Lori Ennis
by Lori Ennis
September 13 is an historic day in the great state of Ohio. It’s the day that Goddard’s Law goes into effect, and the lives of companion animals all over just became so much more protected.

Cleveland, Ohio has a legend. Dick Goddard has been Fox Channel 8’s meteorologist for over 55 years. Fifty-five! Earlier this year, he announced he’d be retiring this November, to focus solely on campaigning for animal welfare rights.

The fruits of some of his hard-fought labor came to, on Tuesday, September 13, as Goddard’s law went into effect. It was passed by both houses and signed by Governor John Kasich, months ago, and now sets a new standard for penalties given to those who would abuse and neglect companion animals.

The law mandates that anyone who knowingly causes serious physical harm to a companion animal will be charged with a fifth degree felony–and that includes someone depriving a pet of water, food or shelter, or inflicting long-term pain. The law also carries stiff penalty and mandatory prison time for those who would harm K9 Police or service dogs.

Goddard has been an amazing friend to all animals and a ferocious advocate for pets for over five decades, and now says he wants to dedicate his efforts one hundred percent to animals. Claiming his, “Advocacy for the four-foots is unending,” this new law is just the beginning for the continuation of his campaigning for four-footed and feathered friends everywhere.

Well done, sir! We can’t wait to see what else you get done! Be sure to watch the video of the historic moment below.

Lori Ennis
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