The Ohio House of Representatives passed Substitute House Bill 274, legislation that addresses violence and cruelty to companion animals.
Specifically, Sub. H.B. 274:
• Prohibits any person from knowingly causing "serious physical harm" to a companion animal.
• Enhances the penalty for knowingly depriving a companion animal of food and water if that depravation proximately causes the death of the companion animal.
• Prohibits any person who confines or is the custodian or caretaker of a companion animal from negligently torturing, tormenting, or committing an act of cruelty against the companion animal.
• Prohibits an owner, manager, or employee of a dog kennel who confines or is the custodian or caretaker of a companion animal from negligently torturing, tormenting, or committing an act of cruelty against the companion animal.
“House Bill 274 provides meaningful deterrence against the abuse of defenseless animals and is a major step toward Ohio’s recognition of the correlation between animal abuse and human violence,” said State Representative Barbara Sears (R-Monclova Township), who jointly sponsored Sub. H.B. 274 with State Representative Bill Patmon (D-Cleveland).
“This is a significant step in making Ohio pet friendly,” said Representative Patmon.
Sub. H.B. 274 passed with strong bipartisan support will now move to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.