A measure that would make animal cruelty a fifth-degree felony in Ohio has sponsors from both parties. If passed, Dick Goddard's Law, named for a local TV personality, would make Ohio one of 46 states to have such a law. The law excludes livestock but addresses intentional injury or killing of companion animals, including withholding food, water or shelter. The penalty would be as much as a year in jail. Causing negligent death or nonfatal suffering would still be considered a misdemeanor.
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