Make Animal Cruelty a Felony

Target: Ohio Representative Bill Patmon

Goal: Pass legislation in Ohio to make animal cruelty a felony

Several months ago we announced that an Ohio bill that would finally make animal cruelty a felony in the state was heading to the House of Representatives. Godard’s Law, as it has come to be known, has officially been approved by the House and will soon go before the Ohio Senate. Ohio’s animal cruelty laws remain decades behind other states, so this bill needs our support.

H.B. 274 will protect companion animals, including any animal that is kept inside a residential dwelling and any dog or cat regardless of where it is kept, including a pet store. It will be considered a fifth-degree felony to torture, injure or kill a companion animal or deprive it of food, water or shelter. Most current animal abuse cases in Ohio are treated as a first-degree misdemeanor, which usually result in little or no jail time.

If the bill passes in the Senate it would be a huge step for animal welfare in Ohio. Not only do they currently have some of the weakest animal cruelty laws in the United States, they also have the fewest number of animal cruelty investigators. Stronger punishments for abusers would reduce the number of crimes committed, making it more likely that investigators are able to pursue more cases.

Please take a moment to sign the petition below and show your support for Godard’s Law as it approaches the Senate. So many animal cruelty bills rarely make it this far and we need to show the government this is an issue the people care about.


Dear Representative Patmon,

You recently sponsored H.B. 274, also known as Godard’s Law, which will make animal cruelty in Ohio a felony for the first time. As long as the torture, neglect, and abuse of animals isn’t held to the same standard as other crimes, it will remain a poison in society. Thanks to you, and the support of the citizens of Ohio, the bill has made it through the House of Representatives and will soon head to the Ohio Senate.

Thank you so much for sponsoring this bill and seeing it through. It is rare that an animal cruelty bill makes it this far and I hope it is passed into law so the animal welfare standards for Ohio can finally equal those of the rest of the United States.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Chelsea-Paige says:

    I’m not sure what flag everyone is talking about, but I can’t believe we need to do this! THIS SHOULD ALREADY BE A LOW! Animals feel pain, they bleed and cry and love.
    To me all animals are just like children. Beautiful, innocent and need protection. They don’t do things out of spite, and they do them to survive. It makes cry every time I start to think of this shit I cry because there’s so much we can do yet so little. I wish I could save every animal. I wish they didn’t need to be saved. They should already have and receive these rights. Seriously humans, you’re disgusting and arrogant. If we’re all supposedly ‘animals’ then treat them as equals. Hell what am I saying, treat them better!

  2. Sylvia Barca says:

    Omg…f’ing pieces of sub-human garbage need to be torched and blown off the map!
    I’m sick and tired of innocent and voiceless animals being brutally
    tortured and abused by this sick disgusting species of monsters taking
    up space on this planet! To ALL you lawmakers out there, start earning
    your money, and enforce strict animals rights laws, or get out of
    office…it’s that simple!!! I will no longer support anyone that
    allows such horriffic abuse to animals to continue! It’s that simple!!!
    Got it!!! ~ signed!

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