The Ohio House voted Wednesday to approve new legislation to increase the penalty for acts of animal cruelty, specifically making the act of “abusing or torturing a pet to death” a felony – as reported by Cleveland.com. The measure will now move to the State Senate before hopefully being signed into law by the governor.
Those guilty of the fifth-degree felony could get six months to one year in jail.
I wish the penalty involved a longer sentence. And in reading over the text of the HB274, it seems a ban on possessing animals can be left up to the court:
The court also may prohibit or place limitations on the person’s ability to own or care for any companion animals for a specified or indefinite period of time.
It should be a lifetime ban for anyone who abuses or tortures an animal.PACK MENTALITY BLOG: Compassion - teamed with Science and Logic