September 2019 BVPD Animal Logs

August 2019 BVPD Animal Logs

May 2019 BVPD Animal Logs

Feral Cat Summit

Please join us on Saturday, October 21st for Feral Cat Summit III at the Cuyahoga County Public Library-Parma branch at 6996 Powers Blvd. (across from University Hospitals Parma Medical Center).

This year’s event will feature an outstanding lineup of speakers, as well as can’t-miss networking and Q&A sessions and a chance to win great prizes.

  • Sharon Harvey, Cleveland APL
  • Alice Stanford, Wayne County Humane Society
  • Dr. Meg Geldof, One of a Kind Pets Spay-Neuter Clinic
  • Toby Franks, Together Initiative for Ohio’s Community Cats and Spay-Neuter Ohio
  • Dan Spehar, Together Initiative for Ohio’s Community Cats

Check out our events page on Facebook. See you there!


Safety tips from The a Friends of The BV Kennel

Please remember to check gates as sometimes they are left open or not properly secured by lawn care, heavy winds and other individuals entering the premises.

This is also a good time to inspect fencing and to insure electronic containment is working properly and to mark it for landscapers.

Please also remember to keep a collar with current identification on and  a county license.

Please report all lost and found animals to the Bvpd and ask them to make a log entry.

Animal ordinances are still being updated by city council and your participation either by phone, email or being present at a meeting is encouraged.

All current ordinances are available on our website or by contacting the Bvpd or city law department.

Thank you!

Dog signs to be displayed in city

dog-signs-trimAttached is the sign that was shared at city council last night that will be displayed in several locations in the city.   These signs will be put up once the weather is consistently warmer and in the following locations:

Heinens, Bvpd, Bay Square Shopping Center, CVS, City Hall, BV parks (parking lots )

Some BV businesses have requested them for their front windows.

Friends of the Bay Village Kennel purchased and will replenish this signage in our efforts to educate residents and visitors the dangers and consequences of leaving pets unattended in vehicles with windows up and in warm weather.

Thank you,
Nancy Brown

Tell the USDA to stop protecting animal abusers


On February 3, the USDA purged its website of all these reports with no warning or explanation. This outrageous action undermines longstanding consensus about public access to information concerning these laws and frustrates public interest, state, local and industry efforts to help enforce them.

Animals held in research facilities and puppy mills are shielded from public view, therefore these records are essential to ensure that these dogs, monkeys, rabbits and other animals are receiving basic care.

The USDA is changing the equation for the worse for animals and the public with this abrupt and destructive move. Your voice is needed to ensure that these records are restored.


Please send a message to the USDA and let them know, in no uncertain terms, that they should not be permitted to withhold this vital information and should instead continue to keep those who are responsible for complying with federal law accountable for their actions.

The Humane Society – 2016 Progress Report

humane societyThe Ohio State Legislature adjourned on December 30 after a productive two-year session with lots of progress for animals. Highlights from the session include:

• The state legislature passed powerful animal welfare reforms, including SB 215, which grants civil immunity to people who forcibly enter a motor vehicle to rescue a pet or child in distress, and HB 60, which strengthens penalties for first-offense egregious acts of companion animal cruelty.

• The state legislature also passed a provision that criminalizes bestiality and a significant provision that makes cockfighting a felony offense and upgrades one of the weakest anti-cockfighting laws in the country.

• On a local level, Ohio saw the enactment of anti-tethering ordinances in cities and towns across the state.

• Unfortunately, a bad provision known as SB 331 passed into law. Advanced by the Ohio-based pet store franchise Petland, this legislation bans local governments from prohibiting the sale of puppy mill dogs in pet stores.

The gains we achieved would not have been possible without calls, letters and other efforts from advocates like you — thank you! Together, I know we’ll make even more progress for animals in the next legislative session.

In the meantime, I invite you stay connected by joining us on The HSUS Ohio Facebook page or by texting HSUSOH to 30644. Interested in taking on a leading role for animals in your state? Email HSUS Ohio State Director, Corey Roscoe.


– Wayne Pacelle, President & CEO

OVCA Animal Legislation Update: 131st Ohio General Assembly


SB 215 (Grants immunity to citizens who forcibly enter a motor vehicle to rescue a pet or child) was signed into law by Governor Kasich on May 31, 2016. With its passage, a person is now granted immunity from civil liability for any damage resulting from the forcible entry of a motor vehicle for the purpose of removing a minor or an animal from the vehicle because the minor or the animal is in imminent danger of suffering harm.

Many thanks to the coalition of six animal welfare advocacy/rescue organizations – Angels for Animals, Justice for Herbie, Joseph’s Legacy, Nitro Foundation/Nitro’s Ohio Army and Ohio Coalition of Dog Advocates and OVCA – who have worked diligently with OVCA to help craft and support this important piece of legislation for Ohioans!

In addition to this new law, language increasing criminal penalties against cockfighting, bear-beating and pitting an animal against another animal (HB 215) was passed as an amendment to SB 331 and signed into law by Governor Kasich on December 13, 2016.

Many thanks to everyone who made calls, wrote letters and visited their state representative and senator to help create this positive change for people and companion animals in Ohio. A very special thanks to Senators Jim Hughes (R-16) and Frank LaRose (R-27) and Representatives Barbara Sears (R-47) and Representative Heather Bishoff (D-20) who helped support and guide the efforts of many grassroots groups!


Unfortunately, with the passage of SB 215 and HB 215 (as an amendment to SB 331), two companion animal bills - HB 94 (prohibits tethering an animal outdoors during inclement weather under specified circumstances) and HB 526 (prohibit injuring or killing a dog or cat trespassing on the person’s property) – died in their respective committees.

Also, SB 331 (Petland-backed pet store bill which preempts local ordinances such as those in in Toledo and Grove City which prohibited the sourcing of “puppy mill” dogs) which was signed into law by Governor Kasich as a “Christmas Tree” bill, rolled together restrictions on minimum wage rates, pet stores, bestiality, cockfighting/bear-bating/pitting an animal against another animal and high-speed cell phone technology into one convoluted, controversial bill.

For more information on SB 331, click here to view the ABC 6 news segment: “Petland” Bill Regulates Statewide Sale of Dogs to Pet Stores.

We have worked hard to keep everyone informed about the bills in the last General Assembly. We will continue to stay current and active in the 132nd General Assembly (2017-18)!


OVCA is dedicated to working for the enactment of stronger, legal protections for Ohio cats, dogs, and families at risk! Your part is easy – you can even work from the comfort of your home. We do all of the hard work to keep you informed and to provide you with sample letters and contact information when it’s time to take action!

Together, we can reach across the miles to effect positive change in Ohio legislation! As beautifully shared by dedicated animal advocate, Sandy Muir, “In 2017 we have to do better, do more, educate until we are blue in the face, change minds, change laws and continue on with our mission statement and move forward.”

Click here to locate contact information to speak with your state legislators.

Ohio Voters for Companion Animals (OVCA)
Facebook: Ohio Voters for Companion Animals – OVCA

LegiScan is an excellent dashboard to monitor all bills pending and passed in the 131st Ohio General Assembly! Be sure to bookmark in your Favorites!

Representing over 28,000 constituents across 88 Ohio counties, OVCA is an Ohio-citizen driven, community-based, non-profit corporation concerned about the welfare of companion animals as defined under Ohio Revised Code 959. Our mission is to increase the engagement of the Ohio companion animal community in public policy through public awareness campaigns, grassroots advocacy and legislative engagement.

Bay Village cracks down on dogs at large

by Dennis Driscoll

To establish an effective remedy to address a serious initial dog attack as occurred this past summer, the Bay Village City Council revised ordinance section 505.01 regarding animals running at large. While the revised ordinance has the same running-at-large prohibitions as the prior ordinance, the revised ordinance has escalating penalties which provides Bay Village with broad authority to deter a future dog attack.

The running-at-large restrictions prohibit the owner of a dog, cat or other animal from allowing the animal to remain upon any public street or on any city park except under the reasonable control of a responsible person. The ordinance further requires that, while on private property, the animal be contained on the private property and not allowed to cross outside the property line.

Under the revised ordinance, upon an owner’s first violation of this ordinance, the owner is guilty of a minor misdemeanor and can be fined up to $150. Upon an owner’s second violation of this ordinance, the owner is guilty of a fourth degree misdemeanor, for which the owner can be fined up to $250 and sentenced to 30 days. Upon the third violation, the owner is guilty of a second degree misdemeanor, for which the owner can be fined up to $750 and sentenced to 90 days.

If the animal violates this ordinance and bites a domestic animal, the owner is guilty of a third degree misdemeanor, for which the owner can be fined up to $500 and sentenced to 60 days. If the animal violates this ordinance and bites a human, the owner is guilty of a second degree misdemeanor. If the animal violates this ordinance and seriously injures a domestic animal or person, the owner is guilty of a first degree misdemeanor and can be fined up to $1,000 and sentenced to 180 days.

Furthermore, upon a conviction for a second violation, the Court will have authority to place the owner on up to five years’ probation and impose any restrictions reasonably related to the overriding purpose of the sentencing, such as requiring obedience training.

At the Oct. 10 meeting of the Environment, Safety and Community Services Committee, citizens and City Council members expressed concern about owners allowing dogs to run free in Bay Village city parks and the need to educate owners as to the possible consequences of continuing to allow their dogs to run free. The number of dogs often running free in the park at Columbia Road was particularly cited as a concern. The revised ordinance could be appropriately used to effectively address this issue.

The Bay Village Council is in the process of conducting an overall review of Chapter 505 regarding animals, and it is anticipated that further ordinances will be revised in an effort to deter a minor animal incident from escalating to a serious animal incident.