Victory for Companion Animals: Goddard’s Law Signed

It’s about damned time.

From Fox8  Cleveland

Ohio– House Bill 60, also known as Goddard’s Law, is now on the books. The man for whom it was named, our own Dick Goddard, stood at the side of Ohio Governor John Kasich Monday afternoon as the bill was signed into law.

“It’s wonderful; if it’s the last thing I do of any consequence, I’m thrilled to death for the animals,” said Goddard.

Goddard’s Law made it a 5th felony to knowingly cause serious physical harm to a companion animal. That included depriving them of food, water, and shelter.

Executive Director of PAWS Ohio, Amy Beichler, said the new legislation could not come soon enough, for the animals or for Goddard, who made many trips to Columbus to lobby for its passage.

“He really deserved this. His name will now be associated with the felony five provision for a first offense and that’s a huge step,” said Beichler.

Sponsors of the legislation, State Representatives Bill Patmon and David Hall worked tirelessly behind the scenes. Both said they could not have closed the deal without Goddard’s backing.

……The new legislation also required prison time for anyone who assaulted and killed a police dog, police horse or service animal.

PAWS executive director said she will now reach out to law enforcement across Ohio to ensure Goddard’s law was enforced and justice for companion animals was served.

This means that monstrous fucksticks caught abusing animals can now be prosecuted and jailed.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by sfcmac on 15/06/2016 at 10:49


    READ IT YOURSELF: file:///C:/Users/sfcmac/Downloads/hb60_05_EN.pdf

    It answers every question you have.

    And it does a lot for animals, pets in particular. It’s common sense.



  2. Posted by Jack on 15/06/2016 at 09:48

    “This means that monstrous fucksticks caught abusing animals can now be prosecuted and jailed. ”
    Does it? Have you read the law? What does it say about farm animals? Or strays? Will it stop NC from euthanizing dogs who MAY have been bitten by a rabid animal? Will it stop government run shelters from gassing dogs to death or throwing them into a vacuum chamber? Will it prevent puppy mills and animal dumping? Will it prevent people from the act of cruelty of putting shoes on their horses feet or keeping a 1000 lb animal in a 12 x 12 cage, aka a stall? Will it prevent trainers from using the technique known as Rolkur in training horses?
    Will it prevent Purina and other feed companies lying about the cheap shit (like corn) they pass off as food, which, over a life time of eating causes many illnesses?
    Passing laws to punish may satisfy a need for revenge but it doesn’t do much for animals.


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