COLUMBUS, Ohio (FOX19) - Professionals who come upon cases of animal abuse must report them to law enforcement officers or humane agents.
House Bill 33, sponsored by State Rep. Sara Carruthers R-Hamilton and State Rep. Laura Lanese R-Grove City, says veterinarians and social service professionals are required to report suspected animal abuse.
“One study found that over 70% of people charged with cruelty to animals were known by police for other violent behavior, including homicide,” Carruthers said. “These alarming statistics emphasize the need for this legislation.”
The bill also requires animal control officers to report suspected cases of child abuse.
“I’m proud to sponsor legislation that not only protects companion animals, but also creates another tool for identifying and preventing family violence,” said Lanese. “By increasing communication between law enforcement officers and social service professionals, this bill will help keep Ohioans safer.”
The bill is heading to the Ohio Senate, where it awaits assignment.