BOARDMAN, Ohio (WYTV) – Lawmakers are now taking animal abuse to a pet more seriously.
Goddard’s Law, making abuse to a companion animal a felony, was signed into law earlier this week by Gov. John Kasich.
The law makes animal cruelty a fifth-degree felony for anyone that knowingly causes physical harm to a pet. That includes depriving animals of food, water or shelter and can apply to pet stores.
Animal Charity Board President Mary Louk it’s a step in the right direction, but more needs to be done.
“Those really egregious acts of animal cruelty will be felonies, and that’s fantastic, but most of the cases that we deal with on a daily basis are not. It’s not going to affect them,” she said.
Still, animal activists are pleased to see some accountability for four-legged friends.
“To not recognize the impact of abuse on an animal is absolutely ignorant,” Louk said.