Senator Obhof (left) presents Dick Goddard (right) with gavel used to pass Goddard's Law out of the Ohio Senate

COLUMBUS—State Senator Larry Obhof (R-Medina) today announced that Governor Kasich has signed House Bill 60, which prohibits acts of cruelty against companion animals and includes penalties for intentionally killing a police dog.

House Bill 60, commonly known as Goddard's Law, strengthens punishments for acts of cruelty against companion animals. Under the new law, intentional acts of abuse (such as torturing a companion animal) will be a fifth-degree felony.

"This bill takes an important step toward protecting companion animals from acts of cruelty by increasing penalties for abusers,” said Obhof, who co-sponsored the bill.

The legislation was nicknamed “Goddard’s Law” in recognition of northeast Ohio weatherman Dick Goddard, who has advocated for the new law.

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