Are you in?
Follow SB 232, “Veterinary Spay-Neuter” bill on its path to victory for Ohio cats, dogs, & the people that love them!
1. SB 232 started with the idea of reducing the number of healthy and adoptable, shelter pets.
2. Senator Cecil Thomas (D), humane legislator, agreed to sponsor this bill.
3. DanaMarie Pannella, Esq., experienced, compassionate attorney, wrote SB 232.
4. Senator Thomas asked the other senators if they would like to co-sponsor his bill. Senators Schiavoni (D), Yuko (D), and Tavares (D) are now co-sponsors.
5. On November 14, 2017 the “Veterinary Spay-Neuter” bill was assigned a number, SB 232.
https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132-SB-232 (Read the bill here.)
6. On November 15, 2017, the bill was assigned to the Senate Agriculture Committee.
7. This is where YOU come in. YOUR CALLS PUSH SB 232 forward in the process.
It’s always best to change the script a bit so that your message sounds fresh. You might comment with an original phrase about your feelings.You might say, “Good morning, Senator Hoagland, this is (your name), calling from (your city), an Ohio voter. — I’m very excited about SB 232, the “Veterinary Spay-Neuter” bill. I don’t see how anyone could oppose it because the bill gives veterinarians the option, not a mandate, to perform free spay-neuter in exchange for continuing education units.
It’s a win-win bill! I strongly urge you to call SB 232 to a sponsor hearing in the Senate Agriculture Committee. – Thank you.”
Please PM me, Beth Sheehan, with your e-mail address to be placed on the “Animal Action Alerts!” list. I provide a sample script and contact information. Your call should take about 5 minutes.
Are you in?
1. HB 226 – “Fireworks” aims to make higher grade fireworks more accessible
sponsors – Rep Bill Seitz (R), Rep Martin Sweeney (D)
cosponsors – Rep Bill Dean (R), Rep John Becker (R), Rep Andy Thompson (R), Rep Wesley Goodman (R), Rep Dick Stein (R), Rep Bill Reineke (R), Rep Louis Blessing (R), Rep Kyle Koehler (R)
Fireworks terrify many dogs. They panic and run away to get away from the explosions. Shelters fill up with lost dogs after July 4 each year.
Woodland animals flee and abandon their nests.
Ohio has 800,000 veterans. Veterans with PTSD, sadly, relive the trauma of war when they hear the thunder of fireworks.
Individuals with dementia and autism are frightened by the sounds.
120 Ohioans go to ER each year with injuries. They lose limbs and are blinded. Their homes are set on fire.
- https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132-HB-226 (Read the bill here)
status – PASSED OHIO HOUSE, 84-13 on 10/13/17
- http://www.dispatch.com/opinion/20170919/editorial-new-bill-is-bad-medicine (Dispatch – “Dangerous Fireworks Bill Should Fizzle”)
- http://www.dispatch.com/news/20171011/those-fireworks-youve-been-setting-off-may-finally-be-legal-in-ohio (Dispatch article)
2. HB 263 – “Pups on the Patio”, aims to allow dogs on outdoor patios of restaurants
sponsor – Rep Laura Lanese (R)
- Restaurant owner must agree. Patio must have its separate entrance. Dogs are not permitted on the chairs or tables. Dog clean-up bags will be available.
- https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132-HB-263 (Read the bill here)
3. HB 319 – “Shelter Dog as State Pet”
sponsor – Rep Laura Lanese (R)
- https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132-HB-3194 (Read the bill here)
4. HB 349 – “Increase Crime of Assaulting a Police or Search & Rescue – Dog or Horse “
sponsor – Rep Sarah LaTourette (R)
- Applies same penalities for assaulting or harassing search and rescue dogs and horses as police dogs and horses have
- Increases the penalty for assaulting a police dog or horse from a second degree misdemeanor to a fourth degree felony, a third degree felony if the animal suffers serious physical harm, and a second degree felony if the animal dies.
5. HB 433 – “Veterinary Spay-Neuter”
sponsors – Reps Tom Brinkman (R) and Brigid Kelly (D)
author – DanaMarie Pannella, Esq.
This House bill and its companion bill, SB 232 in the Senate, give Ohio veterinarians the OPTION (not mandate) of using 2 CEU’s for FOUR HOURS of FREE SPAY-NEUTER.
Status – sponsor testimony – Jan 23, 2018
Read Rep Brigid Kelly’s sponsor testimony at the link below for a clear understanding of the bill.
http://pawsandthelawblog.com (Read Rep Brigid Kelly’s sponsor testimony here)
https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legis…/legislation-summary… (Read the bill here)
6. SB 195 – “Nuisance, Dangerous, and Vicious Dogs”
sponsor – Sen Bill Beagle
- https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-documents?id=GA132-SB-195 (Read the bill here)
7. SB 232 – “Veterinary Spay-Neuter”
sponsor – Sen Cecil Thomas
cosponsors – Sens Charleta Tavares, Joe Schiavoni, Kenny Yuko
author – DanaMarie Pannella, Esq.
status – sponsor testimony – Jan 30, 2018
This Senate bill and its companion bill, HB 433, in the House, give Ohio veterinarians the OPTION (not mandate) of using 2 CEU’s for FOUR HOURS of FREE SPAY-NEUTER.
https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA132-SB-232 (Read the bill here)
PUPPY MILL BALLOT INITIATIVE
- HSUS initiative
aims to increase the standard of care in the kennels of large-scale breeders
applies to breeders with eight or more unspayed females and annual sales of more than 15 dogs
How did YOUR U.S. rep and YOUR TWO, U.S. senators vote?
The U.S. House and the U.S. Senate voted to OVERTURN a rule banning “some of the most appalling practices … denning of wolf pups, killing hibernating bears, spotting grizzly bears from aircraft and then shooting them after landing, and trapping grizzly bears and black bears with steel-jawed leghold traps and snares” … This will be on “16 national wildlife refuges covering 76 million acres, all in the state of Alaska.”
“Republican lawmakers did this for the NRA, the Safari Club, and some hunting guides and outfitters.” (Read the details in Humane Society, linked)
I strongly encourage you to call your three, federal legislators to voice your support or opposition to their votes.
“Good morning, Senator Brown. This is (your name), an Ohio voter, calling from (your city and zip code). Thank you for your NO VOTE on SJ Res 18, which overturns important, wildlife protections for wolf pups and hibernating bears. It allows for aerial spotting of bears and steel-jawed, leg traps. I do not support these cruel methods of killing wildlife. I appreciate that you do not either.”
Just click on @SenSherrodBrown below. You will be taken to his Twitter account. Non-Ohio voters can use their own U.S. senators here.
@ Thanks 4 your NO VOTE on SJ Res 18 – No more killing vulnerable, wolf pups & hibernating bears in Alaska #STOPreversingprotections
@ I’m disheartened that you VOTED YES on SJ Res 18 – I oppose killing wolves & bears on Alaskan wildlife refuges
You can find YOUR two U.S. senators and their contact information at the link below. Contact information for Ohio Senators Brown and Portman follow.
https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/ (Find all 100 U.S. senators here)
http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/ (Find all 435 U.S. representatives here)
Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown (D)
Cleveland (216) 522-7272 Toll Free 1-888-896-OHIO (6446)
Cincinnati (513) 684-1021 Columbus (614) 469-2083
Lorain (440) 242-4100 Washington, DC (202) 224-2315
Ohio Senator Rob Portman (R)
Washington, D.C. (202) 224-3353 Columbus (614) 469-6774
Toll-Free 1-800-205-6446 (OHIO) Cincinnati (513) 684-3265
Cleveland (216) 522-7095 Toledo (419) 259-3895
https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/ (Find all 100 U.S. senators here.)
U.S. senators voted largely on party lines 52-48, 2 not voting
Boozman (R-AR) Burr (R-NC) Capito (R-WV)
Cassidy (R-LA) Cochran (R-MS) Collins (R-ME)
Corker (R-TN) Cornyn (R-TX) Cotton (R-AR)
Crapo (R-ID) Cruz (R-TX) Daines (R-MT)
Enzi (R-WY) Ernst (R-IA) Fischer (R-NE)
Flake (R-AZ) Gardner (R-CO) Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA) Hatch (R-UT) Heller (R-NV)
Hoeven (R-ND) Inhofe (R-OK) Johnson (R-WI)
Kennedy (R-LA) Lankford (R-OK) Lee (R-UT)
McCain (R-AZ) McConnell (R-KY) Moran (R-KS)
Murkowski (R-AK) Perdue (R-GA) Portman (R-OH)
Risch (R-ID) Roberts (R-KS) Rounds (R-SD)
Rubio (R-FL) Sasse (R-NE) Scott (R-SC)
Shelby (R-AL) Strange (R-AL) Sullivan (R-AK)
Thune (R-SD) Tillis (R-NC) Toomey (R-PA)
Wicker (R-MS) Young (R-IN)
Booker (D-NJ) Brown (D-OH) Cantwell (D-WA)
Cardin (D-MD) Carper (D-DE) Casey (D-PA)
Coons (D-DE) Cortez Masto (D-NV) Donnelly (D-IN)
Duckworth (D-IL) Durbin (D-IL) Feinstein (D-CA)
Franken (D-MN) Gillibrand (D-NY) Harris (D-CA)
Hassan (D-NH) Heinrich (D-NM) Heitkamp (D-ND)
Hirono (D-HI) Kaine (D-VA) King (I-ME)
Klobuchar (D-MN) Leahy (D-VT) Manchin (D-WV)
Markey (D-MA) McCaskill (D-MO) Menendez (D-NJ)
Merkley (D-OR) Murphy (D-CT) Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL) Peters (D-MI) Reed (D-RI)
Sanders (I-VT) Schatz (D-HI) Schumer (D-NY)
Shaheen (D-NH) Stabenow (D-MI) Tester (D-MT)
Udall (D-NM) Van Hollen (D-MD) Warner (D-VA)
Warren (D-MA) Whitehouse (D-RI) Wyden (D-OR)
Ohio: Brown (D-OH), Nay Portman (R-OH), Yea
Ohio U.S. representatives
Please check below to see how YOUR U.S. Rep voted today on HJ 69, (renamed SJ Res 18 in the U.S. Senate). Then, call him either to thank him for his vote or to respectfully tell him his vote does not represent your views and why.
Ohio U.S. reps voted strictly on party lines.
Steve Chabot (R) YES (513) 684-2723
Warren Davidson (R) YES (513) 779-5400
Bob Gibbs (R) YES (419) 207-0650
Jim Jordan (R) YES (419) 999-6455
Bill Johnson (R) YES (740)-376-0868
David Joyce (R) YES (440) 352-3939
Bob Latta (R) YES (419) 354-8700
Jim Renacci (R) YES (330) 336-3001
Steve Stivers (R) YES (614) 771-4968
Pat Tiberi (R) YES (614) 895-0900
Mike Turner (R) YES (937) 225-2843
Brad Wenstrup (R) YES (513) 474-7777
Joyce Beatty (D) NO (202) 225-4324
Marcia Fudge (D) NO (216) 522-4900
Marcy Kaptur (D) NO (216) 767-5933
Tim Ryan (D) NO (330) 630-7311
http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2017/roll098.xml (Check non-Ohio US reps’ votes here)
Ohio Governor John Kasich signed SB 331, the ‘Petland’ bill, into law, “behind closed doors and without additional comment”, as reported by the Vindicator.
A huge thanks goes to each of you for all the calls and tweets that sent to the governor. You stayed active, dedicated, and strong right until the final moments.
You are wonderful advocates for our animal friends.
Governor Kasich and the legislators that VOTED YES on SB 331 did not listen to us. The bill moved very quickly through the legislature and then to the governor. Interested parties were not included in all of the discussions. It was not properly vetted.
Governor Kasich and the legislators who voted yes have failed us and the animals that we love.
There are some 22 states have passed “Puppy Lemon” laws and 206 jurisdictions across the nation that have passed pet store ordinances, aimed at drying up the market for mill animals.
Why has Ohio moved so quickly in the OPPOSITE direction?
Petland could continue to stay in business utilizing a humane, business model, as other successful, national, pet stores use.
Finally, the governor and the Statehouse majority have stomped ‘home-rule’, embedded in the Ohio Constitution. The same legislators that cry “No more big government”, always bristling at interference from the federal government, have dishonored the work and the judgement of local jurisdictions and have taken away some of their legal rights with the passage of SB 331.
How did YOUR STATE SENATOR and YOUR STATE REP vote? A YES VOTE means they are in support of SB 331. A NO VOTE means they are opposed to SB 331.
Ohio Senate Vote – December 7, 2016
Yeas : 21 – Nays : 10
Kevin Bacon (R), Troy Balderson (R), Bill Beagle (R), Dave Burke (R), Bill Coley (R), John Eklund (R), Keith Faber (R), Bob D. Hackett (R), Cliff Hite (R), Jay Hottinger (R),Shannon Jones (R), Kris Jordan (R), Frank LaRose (R), Peggy Lehner (R), Gayle Manning (R),Larry Obhof (R), Scott Oelslager (R), Tom Patton (R), Bob Peterson (R), Bill Seitz (R), Joe Uecker (R), Bob D. Hackett (R)
Edna Brown (D), Randy Gardner (R), Lou Gentile (D), Tom Sawyer (D), Joe Schiavoni (D), Michael J. Skindell (D), Charleta B. Tavares (D), Cecil Thomas (D), Sandra R. Williams (D), Kenny Yuko (D)
Ohio House Votes – December 7, 2016
Yeas : 55 – Nays : 42
Ron Amstutz (R), Marlene Anielski (R), Niraj J. Antani (R), Steven Arndt (R), Nan A. Baker (R), John Becker (R), Louis W. Blessing III (R), Terry Boose (R), Andrew Brenner (R), Jim Buchy (R), Tony Burkley (R), Jim Butler (R), Margaret Conditt (R), Robert R. Cupp (R), Anthony DeVitis (R), Bill Dean (R), Jonathan Dever (R), Mike Dovilla (R), Theresa Gavarone (R), Timothy E. Ginter (R), Anne Gonzales (R), Wesley A. Goodman (R), Doug Green (R), Christina Hagan (R), David Hall (R), Bill Hayes (R), Michael Henne (R), Brian Hill (R), Ron Hood (R), Stephen A. Huffman (R), Candice R. Keller (R), Kyle Koehler (R), Al Landis (R), Ron Maag (R), Nathan H. Manning (R), Robert McColley (R), Derek Merrin (R), Dorothy Pelanda (R), Rick Perales (R), Bill Reineke (R), Wes Retherford (R), Kristina Roegner (R), Mark J. Romanchuk (R), Speaker Cliff Rosenberger (R), Scott Ryan (R), Tim Schaffer (R), Gary Scherer (R), Kirk Schuring (R), Marilyn Slaby (R), Ryan Smith (R), Robert Sprague (R), Louis Terhar (R), Andy Thompson (R), Ron Young (R), Paul Zeltwanger (R)
Nickie J. Antonio (D), Mike Ashford (D), John Barnes, Jr. (D), Heather Bishoff (D), John Boccieri (D), Kristin Boggs (D), Kevin Boyce (D), Janine R. Boyd (D), Thomas E. Brinkman, Jr. (R), Nicholas J. Celebrezze (D), Jack Cera (D), Kathleen Clyde (D), Hearcel F. Craig (D), Michael F. Curtin (D), Denise Driehaus (D), Mike Duffey (R), Teresa Fedor (D), Cheryl L. Grossman (R), Stephen D. Hambley (R), Stephanie D. Howse (D), Greta Johnson (D), Christie Bryant Kuhns (D), Stephanie Kunze (R), Sarah LaTourette (R), David Leland (D), Michele Lepore-Hagan (D), Michael J. O’Brien (D), Sean O’Brien (D), Bill Patmon (D), John Patterson (D), Debbie Phillips (D), Alicia Reece (D), Jeffery S. Rezabek (R), John M. Rogers (D), Margaret Ann Ruhl (R), Michael Sheehy (D), Stephen Slesnick (D), Kent Smith (D), Fred Strahorn (D), Martin J. Sweeney (D), Emilia Strong Sykes (D), A. Nino Vitale (R)
SB 331 also OVERTURNS the pet store ordinances already in effect in Toledo and Grove City and STOPS other, Ohio jurisdictions from passing future pet store ordinances.
Please send a RESPECTFUL tweet, expressing disappointment in the passage of SB 331. I know that many of you are angry, hurt, and fed up. This bill is not fair to our puppies, our families, and our workers. Yet, your message will not be well received unless it is POLITE.
You may tweet these phrases, or you might want to tweet your personal message.
#SB331stompshomerule 22 states & 205 jurisdictions protect unsuspecting consumers – Why not Ohio?
#SB331stompshomerule OH Gov Kasich fails workers, families, & puppies
#SB331stompshomerule fast-tracked without proper vetting hurts OH workers, consumers, puppies
Is Ohio HOME RULE state (Statehouse said yes on BSL bill) or not (Statehouse said no on Petland bill)?
Would you like to create a Twitter account? It is free. You can set up an account in a few easy steps. Ask a teenager for help if you need support.
I went down the entire Twitter list here on this page in just 2 minutes, tweeting to all.
Yes, you can use your e-mail address (instead of your telephone number).
@ — John Kasich, governor
@ — John Kasich, communication team
@ — Ohio Senate GOP Caucus
@ — Ohio Senate Dem Caucus
@ — Ohio House GOP Caucus
@ — Ohio House Dem Caucus
@ — Columbus Dispatch, politics
@ — Cincinnati Enquirer
@ — Jeremy Pelzer, Cleveland Plain Dealer
@ — David Skolnick, Youngstown Vindicator
@ — Marc Kovac
@ — Thomas Suddes
@ — Alan Johnson, Columbus Dispatch
@ — Alan D. Miller, editor at Columbus Dispatch
Add your own hometown newspaper.
Call Governor Kasich at 614-466-3555.
https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA131-SB-331 (Read SB 331 here.)
OHIO ANIMAL ACTION ALERT!
SB 331. “Dog Sales in Pet Stores”, IS EXPECTED TO HAVE AMENDMENTS AND TO BE VOTED ON and PASSED BY THE FULL HOUSE THIS WEEK!
Your VOICES & TWEETS are needed to STOP the passage of SB 331,”Dog Sales in Pet Stores”
Tuesday, December 4 – House Finance Committee hearing, possible amendments added
Some two hundred jurisdictions across the nation have passed ordinances, banning the sale of mill animals in pet stores.
Additionally, some twenty-one states have passed “Puppy Lemon Laws”. These laws promote the humane treatment of animals and protect unsuspecting consumers from purchasing unhealthy, unsocialized animals.
OHIO is headed in the OPPOSITE direction!
It appears that special interests and big business influence state law. The chorus of “No More Big Government” is silent here. State government is strong-arming Ohio voters by moving quickly to OVERTURN “home rule” in Toledo and Grove City and to prevent it from popping up in jurisdictions across the state.
These bills are primarily an affront to our Ohio Constitution. Our Constitution has “home rule”. “Home rule” intends to protect the wisdom of each community to know best what its own values are and to independently legislate in order to preserve those values.
When Petland comes a-knocking, our state legislators open the door wide. The Statehouse ignores the state Constitution, the will of its voters, and the orderly progression of bills.
The business interests of one company, Petland, are being promoted by the Ohio General Assembly over “home rule”, the will of the voters, consumer protections, and animal welfare.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
- Ohio, CALL your STATE REPRESENTATIVES and the HOUSE FINANCE COMMITTEE in opposition to SB 331. Instructions and contact information follow below. This bill is a runaway locomotive, … but that does not mean we should not try.
- If you buy pet food, animal toys, pet shampoo, or pet products of any kind, thank you for only supporting those stores that advocate for our animal friends and the families that purchase them.
SB 331, “Dog Sales in Pet Stores”, PASSED the Ohio Senate. It aims to pass the House in the next couple of weeks.
Sponsor – Senator Bob Peterson (R), Cosponsors – Senators John Eklund (R) and Bill Seitz (R)
https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA131-SB-331 (Read SB 331 here.)
Please RESPECTFULLY write or call the members of the House Finance committee. It’s always better to tweak the script to make it fresh. Calls require more effort of the office staff than e-mails; therefore, our calls make a stronger impression in Columbus.
You might say, “Good morning, Chair Smith. This is (your name) from (your city). I strongly urge you to VOTE NO on SB 331, ‘Dog Sales in Pet Stores’.
“I stand firmly against this bill for several reasons. First, it was only introduced in the late spring. SB 331 is being fast-tracked and has not been properly vetted.
“Second, I am opposed to the state legislators stomping on ‘home rule’, embedded in the Ohio Constitution. “Home rule” says local jurisdictions are in the best position to know what their community values are and to make their own ordinances.
“This is yet another example of ‘big government’ (132 state legislators) deciding what’s best for all and imposing laws which the local jurisdictions do not want.
“Third, state legislation should protect unsuspecting families from buying defective, unsocialized animals instead of opening the floodgates to sell more mill animals.
“Fourth, how do the wishes of one, Ohio business, Petland, override the wishes of the voters in Toledo, Grove City, and in jurisdictions across the state?
“Again, I urge you to VOTE NO on SB 331, ‘Dog Sales in Pet Stores’.”
House Finance Committee
Rep Ryan Smith (R), Chair (614) 466-1366 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep Scott Ryan (R), Vice Chair (614) 466-1482 email@example.com
Rep Denise Driehaus (D), Ranking Minority Member (614) 466-5786 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep Marlene Anielski (R), (614) 644-6041 email@example.com
Rep Nickie J. Antonio (D), (614) 466-5921 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep Kevin Boyce (D), (614) 466-5343 email@example.com
Rep Tony Burkley (R), (614) 644-5091 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep Jack Cera (D), (614) 466-3735 email@example.com
Rep Kathleen Clyde (D), (614) 466-2004 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep Robert Cupp (R), (614) 466-9624 email@example.com
Rep Timothy Derickson (R), (614) 644-5094 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep John Patterson (D), (614) 466-1405 email@example.com
Rep Debbie Phillips (D), (614) 466-2158 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep Barbara Sears (R), (614) 466-1731 email@example.com
Sub SB 215, the “Good Samaritan” bill, was hit out of the ball park yesterday by the Ohio House Judiciary Committee vote, 13 – 0. It was already on base, ready for action! The Senate had unanimously passed it. It is now rounding the bases and is headed for home plate!
Sub SB 215 allows individuals to rescue children and pets in danger in unattended vehicles. This bill can save lives, children’s and pets’. Individuals that break a window or forcibly enter a parked car to rescue a child or a pet in danger, are immune from civil damages, provided that they take certain, common sense measures.
These reasonable measures are: (1) Determine the vehicle is locked. (2) Believe the child or the pet is in danger. (3) Call 9-1-1, the police, or the fire department before entering the car. (4) Place a note on the windshield with contact information, the reason the entry was made, the location of the child or pet, and stating that authorities have been notified. (5) Remain with the child or pet until authorities arrive. (6) Use no more force than necessary to break into the vehicle.
On the other hand, Sub SB 215 is also a far-sighted bill that anticipates that a person who is “recklessness or willful … with regard to the forcible entry of the motor vehicle” will not be exempt from damages.
There are at least twenty-two states (AZ, CA, DE, FL, IL, ME, MI, MD, MN, NB, NV, NH, NJ, NY, NC, ND, NV, OK, PA, RI, SD, TN, UT, VT, WA, and WV) with legislation that specifically prohibits leaving an animal or a child in a confined vehicle, in conditions which endanger the life of the animal or child, like lack of adequate ventilation or extreme temperatures.
Cars can be deathtraps for children and pets. In 2014, there were 32 children nationwide who died horrendous deaths in hot cars, according to the organization Kids and Cars. Additionally, pets can suffer heatstroke and brain damage in minutes in a hot car or be impaired by frost bite and hypothermia, leading to their deaths, in a frigid car.
Last year in Cincinnati, where I live, there were two reports of animals dying in vehicles. One dog died a terrible death, trapped in a sweltering car in Clifton in the summer. A second dog died overnight in plummeting temperatures, left in the back of an SPCA van. Additionally, there was an eight-month old infant that died in a hot car in a parking lot in Central Ohio, last summer, while her mother shopped.
(Read Sub SB 215 at the link.)
Sub SB 215, “Good Samaritan” bill is now in effect in Ohio!
Bestiality Must Be Outlawed
Bestiality makes us very uncomfortable. It is too hard to talk about, even with our families. It involves the unspeakable. It is one of our last taboos, boiling beneath the surface of our well-ordered communities.
But it is an outlier of deviant behavior so extreme that it must be banned. It is a marker of a seriously disturbed mind. It is clear sign of a combustible danger, hidden from our immediate view.
Animals are the perfect victims. They are easy to restrain and control … and they can never tell. Animal casualties are often reported first by animal control or neighbors. A dog’s whimpering or a cat’s frenzy may finally attract the attention of a nearby-resident.
But there may be less visible victims, tyrannized, in a nearby house of suffering. The children, the partners, the elderly, the handicapped – they may also be ensnared in an endless web of fear and pain.
Children and animals often appear together as easy victims of prey. For example, when law enforcement agencies confiscate the computers of trolls of child pornography, there is generally a trove of bestiality photos and videos also stored on those, same devices.
The FBI recognizes the importance of sexual animal abuse as an strong indicator of human crimes. In January of 2016, the FBI began, for the first time, to require the 18,000, local and state, law enforcement agencies to report animal cruelty in a stand-alone category, “crimes against society”.
Bestiality is a warped, vile act. It can be a powerful precursor of sexual homicide predators. It is also practiced by violent criminals, sex offenders, and the sexually abused.
Bestiality has health risks too. Animals can carry and transmit human, sexual diseases, bacterial or parasitic infections, as well as cancer-causing viruses.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
SB 195, “Bestiality”, has a hearing for all testimony on November 30, 2016. Please call the leadership of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee in support of SB 195.
Sen John Eklund, chair (614) 644-7718 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen Jim Hughes, vice-chair (614) 466-5981 email@example.com
Sen Cecil Thomas, ranking minority member (614) 466-5980 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sample script follows. Please tweak it a bit. Your original words make a larger impact in Columbus. Also, calls are count for more because they require an aide to fully listen. E-mails can be quickly scanned. – However, if you only have time for e-mails, thank you for your work!
“Good morning, Chair Eklund. This is (your name) from (your city). I strongly encourage you to move SB 195, “Bestiality”, to a vote and then VOTE YES. Bestiality remains legal in about a dozen states, including Ohio. Bestiality is a twisted, violent act, well connected to other predatory acts and highly correlated to pedophilia. It is well documented that the seized computers of pedophillacs generally contain both child sexual victims and animal sexual victims.
“Bestiality must be outlawed and then prosecuted to its fullest. The successful prosecution of bestiality will save a lifetime of heartache and expenses for those children and their families who also fall prey to the same sinister individuals.
“Again, I encourage you to bring SB 195, “Bestiailty”, to a vote and then to VOTE YES to protect our communities, our children, and our animals from sexual violence.”
Newark, Ohio City Council voted to ban BDL!
When Newark passes an ordinance to protect its dogs and to safeguard its community, dogs and their families across the nation also gain. Awareness grows. Momentum increases.
Do you have 10 minutes each week to curb animal cruelty and neglect? Please join Paws and the Law’s humane community. We work together across Ohio to advance state and local initiatives. Your part is easy. You can even work from the comfort of your home.
Paws and the Law closely follows legislative initiatives for companion animals. When a critical point, like a hearing or a vote is about to happen, you will receive contact information for important decision makers and a sample script. You, of course, can use your own narrative. Can you give 10 – 15 minutes a week, working from home, to work against animal cruelty?
If so, PM Beth Sheehan with your e-mail address today.
A list of the current, companion animal bills in the Ohio General Assembly follows. Most of our bills languish and die in the Ohio Senate. The 131st General Assembly ends on December 31, 2016. All bill not passed then, will have to be reintroduced in the next GA.
But if we all do whatever we can, where we are, together we will be an awesome force for good for our beloved cats and dogs.
BILLS in the 131st GENERAL ASSEMBLY
1. HB 45 – Humane Officer Training SUPPORT
Cosponsors: Representatives Jack Cera, Michael Stinziano, Debbie Phillips, Sean O’Brien, Cheryl Grossman, Michele Lepore-Hagan
Status – Local Government Committee
Summary – “to require an individual to file proof of successful completion of training with the county recorder prior to being appointed as a humane society agent and to require the revocation or suspension of an appointment under certain circumstances”
(NOTE – The humane officer has 20 hours of special training in how to approach and to analyze an animal crime scene. Additionally, HB 45 gets rid of the residency requirement. Right now a humane officer can only work in the county in which he lives. By getting rid of the residency requirement, the same amount of officers can spread out to additional counties to investigate animal cruelty.
Finally, many, Ohio counties, especially rural ones, have no humane officer.)
2. HB 60 – “Goddard’s Law”, felony for animal cruelty – ENACTED
(NOTE – Read linked blog for an explanation of possible, unintended consequences of amendment.)
Sponsors: Representatives Bill Patmon and David Hall
Cosponsors: Representatives Nickie J. Antonio, Tim W. Brown, John Patterson, Marilyn Slaby, Sarah LaTourette, Cheryl Grossman, Janine R. Boyd, Jack Cera, John Barnes, David Leland, Michele Lepore-Hagan, Debbie Phillips, Michael Sheehy, Mark Romanchuk, Louis W. Blessing, Margaret Ann Ruhl, Marlene Anielski, Mike Ashford, Nan Baker, Nicholas J. Celebrezze, Mike Dovilla, Denise Driehaus, Teresa Fedor, Bob Hackett, Stephen Hambley, Michael Henne, Stephanie D. Howse, Greta Johnson, Terry Johnson, Michael O’Brien, Sean O’Brien, Dorothy Pelanda, Dan Ramos, John Rogers, Kirk Schuring, Barbara Sears, Stephen Slesnick, Kent Smith, Marting Sweeney
Summary – “to revise provisions and penalties regarding treatment of companion animals, to revise the definition of “companion animal” in the Offenses Relating to Domestic Animals Law, and to provide a state collaborative effort to assist veterinarians in identifying clients who may use their animals to secure opioids for abuse”
(NOTE – HB 60, “Goddard’s Law”, felony for animal cruelty, is the next step for Ohio after “Nitro’s Law”. I’d like to explain felony for animal abuse in Ohio right now. MOST animal abuse is a misdemeanor in Ohio. There are two, specific times when animal abuse is a felony. First, the SECOND TIME that an offender is convicted of animal cruelty, it is a felony. The first time that offender is convicted it is a misdemeanor. Second, if an animal “in the care of a kennel” is intentionally harmed by the manager, the owner, or the employees, it is a felony. This is “Nitro’s Law”.
Additionally, Ohio judges are mandated to seek community sanctions (no jail) for certain nonviolent offenders because of prison overcrowding. Animal abusers are considered by law to be nonviolent.
So, at sentencing, the animal abusers often end up with no jail time, a fine, AND they get their animal back.)
3. HB 94 – Cruelty, Neglect, and Tethering SUPPORT
Sponsor: Representative John Barnes, Jr.
Cosponsors: Representatives Mike Duffey, Michele Lepore-Hagan, Margaret Ruhl
Status – House Agriculture & Rural Development Committee, 1st hearing
Summary – “to prohibit a person from negligently allowing an animal to be tethered outdoors under specified circumstances”
(NOTE – HB 94 protects animals from being endlessly chained outside in extreme weather. It also gives specification to the type of shelter the outside dogs need. So, for example, it’s not “adequate shelter” to have a dog in a plastic igloo in plummeting temperatures.)
4. HB 121 – Service Dog Awareness Week – ENACTED
Sponsors: Representatives Michael Stinziano and Margaret Ann Ruhl
Cosponsors: Representatives Ron Amstutz, Nicholas Celebrezze, Michele Lepore-Hagan, Debbie Phillips, Jeffery Rezabek, Ronald V. Gerberry, Cheryl Grossman, Bob Hackett, Stephen Slesnick, Martin Sweeney, Sarah LaTourette, Nickie J. Antonio, Nan A. Baker, Andrew Brenner, Thomas E. Brinkman, Tim W. Brown, Jim Buchy, Hearcel F. Craig, Robert R. Cupp, Timothy Derickson, Denise Driehaus, Teresa Fedor, Timothy E. Ginter, Christina Hagan, David Hall, Stephen Hambley, Brian Hill, Greta Johnson, Terry Johnson, Christie Bryant Kuhns, Stephanie Kunze, Al Landis, David Leland, Michael O’Brien, Sean O’Brien, Rick Perales, Dan Ramos, John Rogers, Mark Romanchuk, Tim Schaffer, Barbara Sears, Michael Sheehy, Marilyn Slaby, Kent Smith, Robert Sprague, Emilia Strong Sykes, Ron Young
Summary – “to designate the last week of July as ‘Service Dog Awareness Week’”
(NOTE – HB 121 highlights the unique skills a service animal provides to his owner so that the owner is able to become more independent and mobile in his own life. It also informs business owners of the rights the service animal and his owner have when they enter their places of business.)
5. HB 187 – First Responders May Give First Aid to Pets – ENACTED
Sponsor: Representative Timothy Ginter
Cosponsors: Representatives Sarah LaTourette, Blessing III, Schaffer, Vitale, Michele Lepore-Hagan, Margaret Ruhl, Becker, Steve Hambley
Summary – “to authorize a first responder, emergency medical technician-basic, emergency medical technician-intermediate, emergency medical technician-paramedic, or volunteer firefighter to stabilize an injured animal in an emergency”
https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA131-HB-187 (Read HB 187 here.)
(NOTE – HB 187 clearly defines what first responders may do on behalf of our pets in a crisis, such as a fire or a car accident. They may provide oxygen to a stressed animal or a splint to his injured leg before the animal goes to a veterinarian.)
6. HB 198 – Special Prosecutors OPPOSED
(NOTE – Read linked, opponent testimony of Matt Ditchey, representative of eight, Ohio grassroots groups. http://pawsandthelawblog.com/?p=367)
Sponsors : Representatives Steve Hambley and Greta Johnson
Summary – “to abolish the humane society’s authority to employ an attorney to prosecute certain violations of law dealing with animal cruelty or acts involving mistreatment or nonsupport of children”
Status: Referred to House Judiciary committee
Click here to view the full text of the bill as introduced in the House – > https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA131-HB-198
7. HB 215 – Animal Fighting SUPPORT
Sponsors: Representatives Barbara Sears and Heather Bishoff
Cosponsors: Representatives Cheryl Grossman, Brian Hill, Steven Kraus, Sarah LaTourette, David Leland, Robert McColley, Debbie Phillips, Michael Sheehy, Michael Stinziano
Summary – “to prohibit and establish an increased penalty for knowingly engaging in activities associated with cockfighting, bearbaiting, or pitting an animal against another”
Status – Passed out of House in February of 2016
https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA131-HB-215 (Read HB 215 here.)
8. House Bill No. 278 – County Humane Societies – OPPOSE
Sponsor: Representative Steve Hambley
Summary – “to require approval by the board of county commissioners, instead of the probate judge, of appointments of agents by county humane societies outside a municipal corporation, to specify that a county humane society is a political subdivision, to make its directors, agents, officers, and employees subject to the Ethics Law, and to increase the salaries paid to the agents.”
Status: Referred to Government Accountability and Oversight Committee
(Read HB 278 here.)
9. House Bill No. 447 – Killing Police Animal
Sponsors: Representatives Kirk Schuring and Stephen Slesnick
Summary – to prohibit a person from intentionally killing a police dog or horse in the line of duty.
Status: Referred to State Government committee
(Read HB 447 here.)
10. House Bill 450 – Officer May Purchase His Police Animal
Sponsors: Representatives Andy Thompson and Dave Hall
Summary – to authorize a law enforcement officer to purchase a police dog or horse for one dollar when the officer retires in good standing from a law enforcement agency
Status: Referred to State Government Committee
(Read HB 450 here.)
11. HB 573 – Dogs Sold in Pet Stores – OPPOSE
12. SB 151, “The Klonda Richey Act” INTERESTED
Sponsor: Senator Bill Beagle
Cosponsor: Senator Peggy Lehner
Summary – “to define nuisance, dangerous, and vicious dogs, to revise enforcement of that Law, and to establish a notification process regarding complaints of certain violations of that law”
Status – State and Local Government Committee
https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA131-SB-151 (Read SB 151 here.)
13. Senate Bill No. 195 – Bestiality – INTERESTED
Sponsors: Senators Jim Hughes and Sen. Jay Hottinger
Cosponsors: Senators Kenny Yuko, Frank LaRose, Sandra R. Williams
Summary – “to prohibit a person from engaging in sexual conduct with an animal and related acts, to provide for the seizure and impoundment of an animal that is the subject of a violation, and to authorize a sentencing court to require an offender to undergo psychological evaluation or counseling.”
Status: Referred to Criminal Justice committee
(Read SB 195 here.)
14. SB 215 – “Good Samaritan” – ENACTED
Sponsors: Senators Jim Hughes and Frank LaRose
Cosponsors: Senators Joe Uecker, Kevin Bacon, Bill Beagle, Dave Burke, Bill Coley, Randy Gardner, Cliff Hite, Jay Hottinger, Shannon Jones, Kris Jordan, Peggy Lehner, Gayle Mannning, Larry Obhof, Tom Patton, Tom Sawyer, Joe Schiavoni, Charleta B. Tavares, Cecil Thomas, Kenny Yuko
Summary – to allow individuals to rescue a pet or a child in danger in an unattended vehicle without liability
https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-votes?id=GA131-SB-215 (Read SB 215 here.)
15. Senate Bill 271 – Purchase Police Animal – INTERESTED
Sponsor: Sen. Lou Gentile
Summary – “to authorize a law enforcement officer to purchase a police dog or horse for fair market value when the officer retires in good standing from a law enforcement agency and certain conditions are met.”
Status: Referred to Agriculture Committee
17. Senate Bill 286 – Killing Police Animal – INTERESTED
Sponsor: Sen. Jim Hughes
Summary – “to modify the penalty for assaulting a police dog or horse to require, if the dog or horse is killed, a mandatory prison term and a mandatory fine to be paid to the law enforcement agency served by the dog or horse.”
Status: Passed out of House committee
18. SB 331 – Dogs Sold in Pet Stores – OPPOSE
Status: Voted out of Senate
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these humane legislators …
The single, most important act you can take to curb animal cruelty and neglect is to VOTE SMART! Vote for HUMANE LEGISLATORS that have a proven, voting record of sponsoring / cosponsoring and voting for good, companion animal bills and voting against bad ones.
Here are the humane legislators, currently serving in the House of Representatives. The newer representatives are not included since they do not have a significant voting record yet. Some candidates on your November 8 ballot have no voting records because they have not been elected yet.
Please VOTE SMART for HUMANE LEGISLATORS on November 8. All 99 House seats and half of the 33 Senate seats will be on the ballot. These are the Columbus decision makers who vote for (or against) our companion animal laws.
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Candidates running for office have both a web site and a Facebook page. Why not call them or message them on their web page or on Facebook? Ask them which companion animal bills they have voted for in the past. Ask what their position is on an animal cruelty registry, animal fighting, and felony for animal cruelty.
Be sure to share what you have learned with your family and friends before November 8!
Because of our heavily gerrymandered districts in Ohio, the November winners for our Senate and House will be largely determined in March. Yet, that does not mean that we should not try!
Thank you for VOTING SMART!
Marlene Anielski (R )
Nickie J. Antonio (D)
Michael D. Ashford (D)
John E. Barnes (D)
Heather Bishoff (D)
Louis Blessing (R)
Kristin Boggs (D)
Janine Boyd (D)
Tim Brown (R )
Jim Butler (R )
Nicholas J. Celebrezze (D)
Jack Cera (D)
Kathleen Clyde (D)
Margaret Conditt (R )
Bob Cupp (R )
Anthony DeVitis (R )
Mike Duffey (R )
Tim Ginter (R )
Anne Gonzales (R )
Doug Green (R )
Christina M. Hagan (R )
Stephanie Howse (D)
Jim Hughes (R)
Terry A. Johnson (R )
Al Landis (R )
Michele Lepore-Hagan (D)
John Patterson (D)
Rick Perales (R ) …
Dan Ramos (D)
Alicia Reece (D)
Wes Retherford (R )
John M. Rogers (D)
Mark Romanchuk (R )
Cliff Rosenberger (R )
Gary K. Scherer (R ) …
Kirk Schuring (R)
Michael Sheehy (D)
Marilyn Slaby (R)
Kent Smith (D)
Ryan Smith (R )
Robert Cole Sprague (R )
Fred Strahorn (D)
Ron Young (R )