Justice For ‘Penguin’; The Push For Goddard’s Law

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

CLEVELAND – A cat is recovering after someone shot the animal and advocates said it’s another example of why cruelty laws need to be changed in Ohio.

“She is so affectionate and it's amazing - the trauma that she's been through - just how incredibly trusting she is,” said Becca Britton from the Friends of the Cleveland Kennel, a non-profit organization that works to save animals at the city kennel in Tremont.

Last week, a black and white cat was rescued after someone shot it with a BB gun. They’ve since given the animal a name, Penguin, and because of her injury from the shooting, the female stray had to have a hind leg amputated.

penguin  the cat shot

“I was so horrified that this cat had been shot, that I just could not let the image go,” said Sharon Doerge who is fostering the cat that will eventually be available for adoption.

The person who shot Penguin will likely never be caught but advocates said similar abuse happens all the time.

In the aftermath of Penguin’s injury, they’re calling on the passage of tougher animal cruelty laws in Ohio, known as Goddard’s Law.

The bill, which is currently pending in the Ohio House of Representatives, would make some cases of abuse a felony.

“It absolutely is imperative, I think Ohio has been a little backwards on their laws regarding animal abuse and I hope this is a wake-up call for people,” said Doerge.

Britton agrees and said, “I think if there's no - if there's no punishment and you get a slap on the wrist, what's to stop anyone from doing it? And it's also good to create awareness too, within the community, that one, it is wrong and two, you can be punished.”

Representatives in Columbus could vote as soon as this Wednesday on Goddard’s Law but it still has to clear the senate. However, its passage would be too late for Penguin who is lucky to be getting a second chance.

“You'll be able to read more about her on our website, see her pictures and contact us if you're interested,” said Britton.

If you’re interested in adopting Penguin or making a donation to the Friends of the Cleveland Kennel, CLICK HERE.

18 comments

  • John

    Good thing Rizzo didn’t choke and beat his pet he may have faced a felony rather than a 1st degree misdemeanor.

    • dk

      Really!?!?!?! Keep your cat indoors?!?!?! How about people should not be so cruel and shoot at kitten at all wether a pellet gun. I grew up with a pellet gun and never shot at an animal. Cats have a right to be outdoors and not be shot at by ignorant degenerate humans.

  • sharon

    I would like to know if I would be responsible for a dog we may have to shoot. My neighbor tries to get her dog to bite my grandchildren on my property. I’ve called the police numerous times but she denies it. I wouldn’t like to shoot the dog, but I will to protect the grandchildren. She should know better she is about 50years old

      • sharon

        Did you read what I wrote, I’m in my yard I have 3 1/2 acher. and my grandchildren do nothing to that dog what so ever, she comes into my yard with the dog. I have called the police a lot of times she denies being in my yard. I could let my grandchildren speak to the police but I don’t. My grandchildren have there own dogs and don’t tease them. So don’t make out that its there fault.

      • Deborah Michaels

        Scoozi?? I never did say it was those kids were at fault in the first place! And you will not let the kids talk to the cops. Why? Remember this they have dogs as you say, all fine and dandy, but there dog is not the same as another one’s. They will act differently, no matter what. So if you want to but the blame game do go there with me. Remember that I never said it was theirs.

      • Sharon Dean

        DEBORAH YOU NEED TO RELIZE WHAT YOUR SAYING. IF YOU ARE NOT READING THIS CORECTLY DON’T ANWER. THE NEIGHBOR IS AT FLAULT ITS NOT THE DOG BUT SHE IS GIVING THE COMANED. SO I WILL SHOOT IT IF IT BITES ANYONE ON MY PROPERTY. SHE COMES TO MY PROPERTY AND THE KIDS ARE EVEN AFFRAID TO GO OUT ON THERE OWN. THEY SHOULD’NT BE AFFRAID TO GO IN MY BACK YARD.

      • Deborah Michaels

        Scoozi!! i was not trying to threaten you anyway shape or form. So don’t even go that way. I was trying to voice an opinion, something that “we” have right to. If you are so concerned then record it and take it to the authorities,Show it to them and let them give you the best way to go there. Other wise it’s a she said she said thing. And yes I do know how to read!!!!

    • veralesh goldberg

      call dog warden and video tape it, there are leash laws in ohio. To shoot a dog that comes on your property that is not aggressive, growling or attempting to attack is carrying it a bit far. There is no mention of eminent danger, other than the dog is on your property. IF is a big word, woulda, coulda , maybe are definitives to an actuality.

  • Nicole

    To the above comment regarding the neighbor and her dog, if you have a smartphone, record the incidences and use them as dvidence should anything ever happen, God forbid. If the dog were to attack your grandchildren and you had to shoot it, I don’t believe you could be charged with animal abuse or.anything like that. Best bet would be to contact an attorney and ask him/her to be 100% sure.

Comments are closed.