Veterinarian Lawmaker Pushing For Changes

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A veterinarian who doubles as a legislator is pushing for changes in the state's animal protection laws.

Republican Shawn Webster of Hamilton wants a law to forbid judges from returning dogs to neglectful owners. That's at the urging of Butler County auditor Kay Rogers -- whose office handles dog licensing.

Webster's plan also requires a hearing within 21 days if a live animal is held as evidence.

Rogers and Webster came forward after a pair of Butler County dogs -- Hope and China -- were found with their tethers embedded in their necks.