Two new animal cruelty bills are being discussed today – both would increase penalties on offenders…

Ohio House Bill 418 would increase the penalties for cruelty to animals and allow victims of domestic violence to include their pets on protection orders.

Ohio House Bill 415 would make dog fighting and cockfighting a felony offense. Animal fighting is currently a misdemeanor.

I have some suggestions for the increased penalties, but so far State Rep. Brian Williams hasn’t responded to my request for a meeting regarding the inclusion of a ‘battle to the death’ clause for extreme offenders…