kasichCOLUMBUS – Goddard’s Law was passed by the Ohio House and Senate last month and is one step away from becoming official.

Governor John Kasich is expected to sign the bill into law on Monday, June 13th in Columbus.

Goddard’s Law, or House Bill 60, makes it a felony to knowingly cause serious physical harm to a companion animal. Named for Cleveland Fox 8’s Dick Goddard and his effort to protect pets, the bill was sponsored by Democrat Bill Patmon and Republican David Hall and championed by Amy Beichler, Executive Director of The Public Animal Welfare Society (pictured with Governor John Kasich and State Representative Bill Patmon)