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Short Title

Revises companion animal abuse laws 
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Long Title To amend sections 959.131, 959.132, 959.99, 2921.321, 2929.13, 2929.18, and 2931.18 and to enact section 4741.05 of the Revised Code 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, to provide a state collaborative effort to assist veterinarians in identifying clients who may use their animals to secure opioids for abuse, and 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.


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Effective Date

September 13, 2016


Senate Agriculture Committee
House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee

Primary Sponsors

Bill Patmon
David Hall


Marlene Anielski
Nickie J. Antonio
Michael Ashford
Nan A. Baker
John Barnes
Louis W. Blessing III
Janine R. Boyd
Tim W. Brown
Nicholas J. Celebrezze
Jack Cera
Mike Dovilla
Denise Driehaus
Teresa Fedor
Ronald V. Gerberry
Cheryl L. Grossman
Bob D. Hackett
Stephen D. Hambley
Michael Henne
Stephanie Howse
Greta Johnson
Terry Johnson
Sarah LaTourette
David Leland
Michele Lepore-Hagan
Michael J. O'Brien
Sean O'Brien
John Patterson
Dorothy Pelanda
Debbie Phillips
Dan Ramos
John M. Rogers
Mark J. Romanchuk
Margaret Ann Ruhl
Kirk Schuring
Barbara R. Sears
Michael Sheehy
Marilyn Slaby
Stephen Slesnick
Kent Smith
Martin J. Sweeney
Kevin Bacon
Bill Beagle
Edna Brown
Capri S. Cafaro
Bill Coley
John Eklund
Randy Gardner
Lou Gentile
Cliff Hite
Jay Hottinger
Jim Hughes
Frank LaRose
Peggy Lehner
Larry Obhof
Scott Oelslager
Tom Patton
Bob Peterson
Tom Sawyer
Michael J. Skindell
Charleta B. Tavares
Cecil Thomas
Joe Uecker
Sandra R. Williams
Kenny Yuko
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