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DeWine signs number of bills, including one requiring animal abuse be reported by certain professions

Published By WLWT on January 7, 2021
Sara P. Carruthers In The News

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine held a virtual news conference Wednesday for a ceremonial signing of a number of bills.

Among them was House Bill 33, which would require animal abuse to be reported by certain professions such as vets and social workers to law enforcement.

State Rep. Sara Carruthers (R-Hamilton), who put forward the legislation, said the law will help protect animals from abuse in the future.

“There is a significant connection between animal abuse and other violent behavior, including arson and homicide,” said Carruthers. “This new law will serve as another way to recognize and prevent future violence and tragedy in Ohio.”

Under the new law, veterinarians and social service professionals are required to report suspected animal abuse to law enforcement officers or humane agents.

It will also implement cross-reporting mechanisms and procedures to make sure law enforcement is notified of suspected abuse against a companion animal.

The bill also adds animal control officers to the list of those mandated to report suspected cases of child abuse.

The governor also signed Senate Bill 263, which will give certain health care providers prescription drug savings.

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