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Carruthers Gives Testimony on Lassie's Law

April 24, 2024
Sara P. Carruthers News

COLUMBUS—State Rep. Sara Carruthers (R-Hamilton) gave sponsor testimony in the House Transportation Committee on House Bill 379, known as Lassie’s Law. 

The legislation will require road crews to scan deceased pets found in the roadway for microchip identification prior to its disposal.

“I am an avid dog lover. I have two wonderful dogs named Ebony and Ivory, who I cannot imagine living without,” said Carruthers. “Lassie’s Law allows the families to have a sense of closure which, in times of a pet’s disappearance, is the best gift anyone could give.”

If a pet is found deceased on the side of the road and it is discovered they have a chip with contact information, the service crew must alert their supervisor, who would contact the department in charge of the specific roadway or highway. After being contacted, pet owners have up to 24 hours to retrieve their beloved dog or cat after being contacted.

Lassie’s Law will continue to have hearings in the committee.