Your eyes may be the only witness to the suffering of an animal in need.
Your decision of whether or not to intervene may mean the difference between life and death for that animal.
That comes from the Animal Legal Defense Fund or ALDF.
In bitter cold winter weather, the window of opportunity to save a life is even narrower than usual.
In Ohio, there is a Good Samaritan Law of sorts, when it comes to animals.
A person who sees an animal in distress without food, water or care can take action to help it.
They can care for that animal, wherever that animal may be, and they can do it without getting in trouble themselves.
Belmont County Prosecutor, Dan Fry said, “Wherever that animal is. In other words, it’s not a trespassing charge to do that. And I would never file a trespassing charge under those circumstances, assuming it fits the statute. But that’s correct. Wherever that animal is at, you can take water or food to that animal and provide it with the necessary sustenance.”
Under certain circumstances, Prosecutor Dan Fry said you can even remove the animal from the premises.
That would be if the animal continues to be without food, water, or care for 15 successive hours.
If the owner is not known or can’t be discovered, it will be considered a stray.