COLUMBUS – Goddard’s Law was passed by the Ohio House and Senate last month and is one step away from becoming official.
Governor John Kasich is expected to sign the bill into law on Monday, June 13th in Columbus.
Goddard’s Law, or House Bill 60, makes it a felony to knowingly cause serious physical harm to a companion animal. Named for Cleveland Fox 8′s Dick Goddard and his effort to protect pets, the bill was sponsored by Democrat Bill Patmon and Republican David Hall and championed by Amy Beichler, Executive Director of The Public Animal Welfare Society (pictured with Governor John Kasich and State Representative Bill Patmon)
COLUMBUS – Goddard’s Law was passed by the Ohio House and Senate last month and is one step away from becoming official.
May 27, 2016
House Bill 60 or, as it is referred to in Ohio, Goddard’s Law, has passed the Ohio Senate and House and is now awaiting the formal signature of Governor John Kasich. The new law will make it a fifth-degree felony to knowingly cause serious physical harm to a companion animal.
Amy Beichler, Executive Director of The Public Animal Welfare Society (PAWS Ohio), along with Cleveland’s Fox 8 Weatherman, Dick Goddard, for whom the new law is named, have been active for over four years in pursuit of the passage of this bill. “This has been a long and hard road with many obstacles along the way” Beichler stated yesterday. “But, thanks to the efforts of concerned and caring individuals like Dick Goddard, State Representatives Bill Patmon and Dave Hall, and Ohio Senator Larry Obhof, we were able to get this extremely important piece of legislation passed for companion animals.”
The Public Animal Welfare Society (PAWS Ohio), centered in Cleveland, Ohio, is a 40-year-old, nonprofit organization whose mission is to rescue and foster companion animals in an effort to find them permanent homes. Beichler, who has led the organization for over 12 years, has championed the fight for stronger punishment for animal cruelty throughout her tenure.
In addition to Goddard’s Law, which protects companion animals, “Jethro’s Bill,” which increases the penalties for killing a police dog was also included in the approved legislation. The bill would elevate the assault offense in Ohio and carry a mandatory prison sentence.
Rick Zimmerman – Board Chairman
Public Animal Welfare Society of Ohio (PAWS)
A Nonprofit Humane Society Serving the Animals & People of Northern Ohio Since 1976
A dangerous bill is being considered by the state legislature that would represent a huge step backward in the fight against puppy and kitten mills.
If enacted, HB 166 would prohibit localities in Ohio from enacting ordinances to prevent inhumanely bred puppies and kittens from being sold in local pet stores. This would allow puppy mills to continue to flourish and would strip Ohioans of their right to know where the pets sold in pet shops are really coming from.
Please take action today by urging your representatives to oppose HB 166.
Thank you for speaking up for animals. Together, we can Save Them All.
From the Friends of the Bay Village Kennel:Here is the update on the meeting regarding two outdated Bay Village animal ordinances and also are attached for your review.
We previously applauded Monica Robbins for this feature she recently did. We shared the story with city council and the police chief in BV and requested that our city ordinances be updated as well regarding tethering and sheltering. > http://www.wkyc.com/life/pets/
On Monday, March 21st at 6:30 in the committee room at city hall, the BV Environment and Safety committee chaired by Councilman Paul Vincent will discuss these animal ordinances and make recommendations to make the wording and fines stronger.
We ask for your support and participation at this meeting for the animals in Bay Village. You may also provide written communication to Joan Kemper, Clerk of Council which she will insure the council members receive. JKemper@
Our animal police logs reflect that these updates are needed. Most importantly the animals need you to speak up for them too! The animal police logs are posted www.friendsofbayvillagekennel.
Willowick considers regulating pet tethering; could join Lake County, other suburbsCities are passing pet tethering lawsThe Cleveland Animal Protective League reported finding this tethered dog in the cold. Photo courtesy of Cleveland Animal Protective League.WILLOWICK, Ohio — Willowick may join several other local cities in regulating the tethering of pets.“Dogs are very social,” says Kim Hope, a volunteer with Amy’s Adoptables in Eastlake who has lobbied local cities for tethering laws. Left alone a long time, she says, dogs can grow bored, restless and aggressive, prone to attack anyone or anything that enters the yard.Leanne Pike, a Lake County Humane Society agent who has stumped for regulations, says about a quarter of the complaints to the society are about unsupervised animals chained outdoors for a long time, especially in bad weather. She’s seen shivering dogs with frostbitten paws and long-isolated dogs trying to attack people or other animals who enter the yard. She’s also seen a dog dangling from a tree on a tangled tether.Mentor, Eastlake, Willoughby and Akron passed tethering laws last year. Cleveland passed one in 2012 and Lyndhurst in 2013.Kim Hope of Amy’s Adoptables: “Dogs are very social.”Last March, State Rep. John Barnes Jr. introduced a similar bill in Columbus. It was sent to the agriculture and rural development committee and has languished there ever since. Several states have such laws already, including Indiana and Illinois.Officials in Willowick, Mentor and Eastlake said they’ve never heard reports of improper tethering in their cities but favor laws just in case. “It can’t hurt,” said Eastlake Mayor Dennis Morley.
Willowick’s bill is scheduled for a third and final reading on Feb. 16. Richard Bonde says no one has reported improper tethering during his 12 years as mayor, but no one has objected to the bill, either.The Willowick ordinance‘s introduction says, “Prolonged tethering can have a disastrous impact on dogs, who may become aggressive due to lack of socialization and training.” On the good side, “proper regulation and enforcement of tethering and chaining has been shown to not only reduce dog attacks, but also curb dog fighting and cruelty complaints.”Among other things, the ordinance would ban tethering:
- from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
- for more than six hours in a 24-hour period
- for more than two straight hours
- with an unnecessarily uncomfortable collar
- during periods with heat or cold advisories or severe weather warnings issued by public agencies, such as the National Weather Service
- with a tether shorter than 20 feet or unnecessarily uncomfortable
- with a tether allowing the animal to touch a fence or leave the property”
- with a choke, pinch or prong collar
- without a person on the propertyA first violation would be a minor misdemeanor. A second violation would be a fourth-degree misdemeanor and a third or more would be a first-degree misdemeanor. Any violation involving sickening or injuring the pet also would be first-degree misdemeanor.Cleveland`s New Ordinance:(a) No owner or keeper of a dog, cat, or other domestic animal shall cause any condition that may lead to permanent injury, death, or harm to such animal, including confining an animal in a motor vehicle under any conditions that may endanger the well being of the domestic animal.(b) No person shall keep any animal in a place that is unsanitary, including any place where there is an accumulation of feces or other waste, or foul odor, or insect or rodent infestation.(c) No person who owns or keeps an animal shall fail to provide the animal all of the following needs:(1) Clean, potable drinking water at all times, and suitable food, of sufficient quality and quantity as to ensure normal growth and the maintenance of normal body weight;(2) Food and water receptacles that are kept clean and disinfected, and located so as to avoid contamination by feces or other wastes;(3) Regular exercise sufficient to maintain the animal’s good health;(4) Necessary veterinary care;(5) Shelter from the elements, including heat, cold, wind, rain, snow or excessive direct sunlight. If the animal is housed outside, a structure for shelter and protection must be provided that is suitable for the species, age, condition, size, and type of that animal. The structure must be completely enclosed and insulated, having a single entrance/exit secured with a flap or door or similar device. The structure shall be moisture-resistant, wind-resistant, and of suitable size and type to allow the animal to stand, turn about freely, lie in a normal position, and regulate proper body temperature. The structure shall be made of a durable material with a solid, moisture-proof floor and a floor raised at least two (2) inches from the ground. Suitable drainage shall be provided so that water cannot be reasonably expected to gather and stand within ten (10) feet of the structure, and so the animal has access to a dry area at all times. Proper bedding of straw or similar material, that remains dry, must be utilized inside the structure. All structures required by this section shall be subject to all building and zoning regulations.(d) No person who shelters an animal from the elements by means of an animal shelter, a cage, or a pen shall fail to conform it to the following requirements:(1) The shelter, cage or pen shall be appropriate to the animal’s size, weight, and other characteristics, with sufficient space to allow the animal to turn about freely and lie in a normal position;(2) The shelter, case or pen shall provide sufficient shade to allow the animal to escape the direct rays of the sun at all times;(3) The shelter, cage or pen shall be regularly cleaned and sanitized.(e) Whoever violates this section is guilty of neglect of animals, a misdemeanor of the first degree.(Ord. No. 1572-14. Passed 12-8-14, eff. 12-10-14)(a) No person shall tether an animal in any of the following circumstances:(1) For more than six (6) hours total in a twenty-four (24) hour period and not more than two (2) consecutive hours with no less than a one (1) hour period between tetherings;(2) Between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.;(3) If a heat or cold advisory has been issued by a local or state authority or the National Weather Service;(4) If a severe weather warning has been issued by a local or state authority or the National Weather Service;(5) If the tether is less than twenty (20) feet in length;(6) If the tether allows the animal to touch the fence or cross the property line or cross onto public property;(7) If the tether is attached by means of a pinch-type, prong-type, or choke-type collar or if the collar is unsafe or is not properly fitted;(8) If the tether may cause injury or entanglement;(9) If the animal is not provided with its needs as identified in division (b) of Section 603.091;(10) If the tether is made of a material that is unsuitable for the animal’s size and weight or that causes any unnecessary discomfort to the animal;(11) If no owner or occupant is present at the premises.(b) As used in this section, “tether” means a rope, chain, cord, dog run or pulley, or similar restraint for holding an animal in place, allowing a radius in which it can move about.(c) Whoever violates this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor on the first offense, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree on the second offense, and a misdemeanor of the first degree on the third or any subsequent offense. Notwithstanding the foregoing penalties, if an animal becomes sick or injured as a result of a violation of this section, then whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree.Bay Village Animal Ordinances:505.01 Dogs, cats and other animals running at large.505.02 Animals prohibited in the City.505.03 Annual registration of dogs; tags required.505.04 Abandoning animals.505.05 Killing or injuring animals.505.06 Poisoning animals.505.07 Cruelty to animals generally.505.071 Cruelty to companion animals.505.08 Neglect.505.09 Claimed animals.505.10 Fees and costs.505.11 Rabies vaccination of dogs required.505.12 Unsanitary conditions: odors.505.13 Nuisance conditions prohibited.505.14 Barking or howling animals.505.15 Animal bites; reports and quarantine.505.16 Hunting prohibited.505.17 Coloring rabbits or baby poultry; sale or display of poultry.505.18 Report of escape of exotic or dangerous animal.505.19 Dangerous and vicious dogs.505.20 Determination of dangerous and vicious dogs.505.21 Appeal procedure.505.22 Registration of dangerous or vicious dogs.505.23 Insurance for vicious dogs.505.24 Restraint of dangerous or vicious dogs.505.25 Inspection obstruction.505.26 Serious physical harm by dangerous or vicious dogs.505.27 Physical harm by dangerous or vicious dogs.505.28 Impoundment: destruction of dogs.505.29 Keeping banned dogs.505.30 Dog fighting.505.31 Strict liability.505.32 Enforcement.505.33 Feeding of deer prohibited.505.99 Penalty.CROSS REFERENCESSee sectional histories for similar State lawOwner or keeper liable for damages – see Ohio R.C. 951.10Dog registration – see Ohio R.C. 955.01Bay Village Puppy is still missing:
We applaud Monica Robbins for this feature she recently did. We shared the story with city council and the police chief in BV and requested that our city ordinances be updated as well regarding tethering and sheltering.
On Monday, February 29th at 6:30 in the committee room at city hall, the BV Environment and Safety committee chaired by Councilman Paul Vincent will discuss these animal ordinances and make recommendations to make the verbage and fines stronger.
We ask for your support and participation at this meeting for the animals in Bay Village.
Our animal police logs reflect that these updates are needed.
Due to council members and city administrations inability to coordinate a meeting regarding the safety and well being of residents and domesticated pets and this subject matter. The date of this meeting posted has been cancelled again. When and if a new meeting is scheduled it will be reposted.
Found adult male cat central Bay Village. Please call Bay Village Police with owner contact at 871-1234.
CAT GOING TO RESCUE