Ohio lawmakers increase penalties for kennel abuse

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Senate version of the Ohio budget increases penalties for kennel owners who abuse animals — but it’s not as tough as some would have liked.

The new budget amendment would allow felony criminal charges against kennel owners or employees who “knowingly” abuse animals in a variety of specified ways. But it provides for only misdemeanor charges against those accused of abuse due to negligence or depriving animals of food and water.

The (Youngstown) Vindicator (http://bit.ly/18SGyc4 ) reports that some who advocated for tougher laws for kennels are disappointed lawmakers didn’t model the amendment after a proposed law named for Nitro, a dog that was among more than a dozen found dead or dying from extreme neglect at a Youngtown-area kennel in 2008.

They wanted felony charges for neglect and starvation.

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Information from: The Vindicator, http://www.vindy.com

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