WADSWORTH-It's a horrific case of animal abuse, two Medina County dogs almost starved to death.
Monday morning, Augusta and Burdett Crandall of Seville, were arraigned on six charges of animal cruelty in Wadsworth Municipal Court.
"A felony provision is needed. Goddard’s Law, HB 274, needs to be in effect because of egregious acts of animal cruelty like what happened to these two dogs," said Amy Beichler, Public Animal Welfare Society director.
According to the Public Animal Welfare Society, or PAWS, the dogs were starved to the point where they had no muscle mass and were just days away from certain death.
"The older one, he’s a pit bull and when he was removed from the home, he could only take a couple steps then collapsed," added Beichler.
Representative Bill Patmon sponsored HB 274, also known as Goddard's Law, and wants some cruelty cases raised to the felony level.
"It’s a deterrent. It says to people we care about our animals. And that if you harm one of those companion animals, you could have a high penalty to pay," said Representative Patmon.
Officials say both dogs are doing better. Andor has gained almost 12 pounds now, while Abu has gained almost seven.
The dogs are being housed at the Medina County SPCA where they are learning to eat, socialize, and basically become a dog again.
And while the dogs get ready to be fostered, and eventually find a forever home, the fight to reform animal abuse laws in Ohio continues in Columbus as ‘Goddard’s Law’ ‘zeros in’ on the Senate.
"It’s not aimed at farm animals, it is companion animals. Dogs, cats, they all need to be treated with respect. And feed them!" said Dick Goddard.