Senate District 31
Jay Hottinger
Hottinger Introduces Bill to Prevent Animal Cruelty
October 2, 2019

COLUMBUS - On Tuesday, State Senator Jay Hottinger (R-Newark) introduced Senate Bill 205, legislation that would increase penalties for acts of cruelty toward companion animals. 

Senate Bill 205 will increase the penalties for killing a companion animal to a third degree felony. Under current law, this is generally a first degree misdemeanor. The bill would also redefine the most egregious acts of violence against animals and makes those third degree felonies.

Furthermore, Hottinger’s legislation would create a new offense for those who aid or abet in the killing or causing serious physical injury to a companion animal, the penalty for which would be a fourth degree felony. 

“People who commit heinous and unthinkable acts of violence against animals should face serious consequences,” said Hottinger. “Numerous studies have found a link between animal abuse and violence against people. By increasing the penalties for cruelty to companion animals, I hope to deter further acts of violence against both animals and people.”

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