Anti-animal cruelty bill Goddard’s Law, named for Fox 8’s Dick Goddard, passes Ohio House

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Dick Goddard speaks on behalf of Goddard's Law in Columbus. (Photo courtesy: WJW image)

Dick Goddard speaks on behalf of Goddard’s Law in Columbus. (Photo courtesy: WJW image)

COLUMBUS, Ohio- A bill named after Fox 8 meteorologist Dick Goddard passed in the Ohio House of Representatives on Thursday.

House Bill 60, often called Goddard’s Law, would make it a fifth-degree felony to knowingly cause serious physical harm to a companion animal. That includes depriving a pet of food, water or shelter, or inflicting long-term pain.

The bipartisan bill passed by a vote of 92 to 1 in the full Ohio House. Goddard’s Law still must go through the Ohio Senate before being sent to Gov. John Kasich for signing.

In March, Goddard traveled to Columbus to speak on behalf of the bill and urge lawmakers to create harsher penalties for those convicted of abusing pets. During his more than five decades as a Cleveland weatherman, Goddard has advocated for the care and adoption of animals.

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