The Ohio Senate has just approved a bill that makes animal abuse a felony.
The measure passed the Senate unanimously Thursday.
It would stiffen penalties for knowingly causing physical harm to a companion animal.
The director of the Belmont County Animal Shelter says the bill is coming just in time, because they are investigating a very disturbing case.
“There’s an individual who has been boasting and making some claims on Facebook that he had killed a cat, that he had skinned it and that he ate it. And so these are the types of individuals who need to be targeted with this bill. As we know, that is the first step, if you are harming animals, to harming people. And we want to make sure that we stop those people in their tracks,” said Angela Hatfield of the Belmont County Animal Shelter.
Ohio Senate changes will need to be approved by the House, which approved the bill last year.
By the way, all the animals you’re seeing here in this story are available for adoption at the Belmont County Animal Shelter.
They have a boxer, two Jack Russell Terriers, a Cocker Spaniel, two Beagles, a Black Lab and many other dogs, as-well-as cats and kittens.
The number to call is (740) 695-4708.