CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed a bill earlier this week which requires certain professions to report the abuse of companion animals.
Ohio House Bill 33 was signed on Jan. 6 and becomes law in 90 days.
Under HB 33, veterinarians, social service professionals, law enforcement officers, humane society agents and dog wardens must report the abuse of a dog, cat or animal other than livestock/wildlife that is kept in a residential dwelling.
Dog wardens and animal control officers must also immediately report child abuse cases they see while investigating animal abuse complaints.
The person who makes the report is also immune from civil or criminal liability.