Success: City Passes Harsher Animal Cruelty Law


Target: Akron City Council President, Garry Moneypenny

Goal: Thank Akron city council for passing stricter animal cruelty laws.

Akron has passed a revised animal cruelty law that includes penalties for mistreating animals and increases restrictions on shelters and tethering. These new policies came about due to the efforts of the public and petition sites such as ForceChange who voiced their support for the proposed stricter laws. Thank the Akron city council for taking a stand and implementing harsher punishments to protect animals.

The council prepared the legislation because Akron police sergeant Kris Beitzel testified that many police officers were unable to warn animal owners to keep their dogs safe under preexisting Akron laws. He wanted there to be language added to the law that would make it necessary for owners to provide shelter for their animals in the case of extreme weather conditions.

Under the new law, pet owners will be prohibited from tying up their pets for long periods of time. More specifically, they are prohibited from tying up their pets for more than three hours at a time or for more than six hours a day. The chain used to tie up the pet needs to be 5x longer than their body length and outdoor shelters need to have adequate insulation. Lastly, the new law spells out that owners need to bring their animals inside in an event of a heat or cold advisory or else they will be fined and serve time in prison.

Please sign this petition to congratulate the Akron city council for passing a much-needed animal cruelty law.


Dear President Garry Moneypenny,

Akron, Ohio has faced many issues when it comes to the way animals are taken care of by their owners. Some animals are left tied up all day in their owner’s yard for hours. We are pleased that the city council has passed a new animal cruelty law that will make sure that animals have adequate shelter and are not being tethered for long periods at a time.

Thank you and the Akron city council for listening to Sgt. Beitzel’s testimony about the inadequate animal cruelty laws in Akron. During his career, he has encountered too many animals suffering in poorly built shelters. Now with the new law put in place there is less of a chance that police officers will find animals suffering in smoldering heat or freezing cold temperatures.


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One Comment

  1. Jacqueline Cucuiat says:

    These laws should be all across the country, not just in certain states. California has some pretty strict laws on these types of issues.

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