ABC 22 News Team
- Alexandra Lewis
- Amber Watson
- Elyse Coulter
- Hilary Zalla
- Kelly May
- Kristine Frazao
- Nicole Grigg
- Rhonda Moore
- Wale Aliyu
- Ann Reynolds
High: 84 Winds: SE 3-6 mph
Tonight: Partly Cloudy and Pleasant
Low: 58 Winds: N 3-6 mph
Saturday: Warmer & Muggier with the Slight Chance for a Late Day Storm.
Bill Calls for Harsher Punishment for Animal Abusers
DAYTON -- There have been a number of high-profile animal cruelty cases in recent months. It gave us pause because a number of convicted abusers have gotten little jail time, if any. But how does Ohio's law compare to other states?
You've likely noticed dogs outside, chained their entire lives to dilapidated shelters, often in extreme temperatures.
"It is frustrating for me to come out every single day and see dogs outside in this cold. This dog lives its life out here", says Humane
Officer Sheila Marquis.
Let's take a look at Butch, who is 7 years old. On this day, the temperature got down to -6 degrees. Butch's guardian is Charles Lucas, and he was asked if Butch has always lived out here.
Lucas replies, "Yes."
"Do you worry about him suffering in the cold?"
Lucas responds, "If you look inside his house, he's got so much insulation, he's probably warmer than I am."
According to state code, Charles is in compliance. But Marquis says the state code is strong enough to prevent dogs from suffering.
We asked Marquis, "Have you come across dogs that have literally been frozen to death?"
Marquis answers, "Yes, and it's horrible."
One Dayton woman was shown on video beating her dog with a broom stick. She pleaded guilty to animal cruelty, but the judge suspended her entire six-month sentence, so no jail time was served.
"It's hard, because it sends a message to the community that it isn't that bad," says Brian Weltge, director of the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. "It's very common for the judicial system not to charge maximum penalties in animal cruelty cases."
Case in point: In Middletown, Jeremy Temple was accused of chaining his dog to a tree and starving it for four years. The German shepherd was found extremely emaciated and covered with fleas. Temple spent just five days in jail and was fined $150.
According to the Humane Society of the US, Ohio ranks 30th nationwide for animal protection laws and is one of only six states where animal cruelty of companion animals is not a first-offense felony. In Ohio, it's a misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
A number of other states mandate significantly more prison time and stiffer fines. For instance, in Alabama, Arizona and Texas, the maximum jail time is 10 years, in Pennsylvania it's 7 years, in Indiana it's 3 years and West Virginia it's 5 years. The maximum fine for animal cruelty in Colorado is $500,000; Arizona $150,000; Michigan $20,000 and Kentucky, $10,000.
However, Ohio has made strides in recent years, improving laws on puppy mills and exotic animals as pets. And most recently, in December, a bill passed the State House of Representatives that would clamp down on the most egregious acts of animal cruelty.
But it may be another uphill battle. Seven felony cruelty bills have died in recent years, largely because of opposition from agricultural lobbyists.
Weltge says, "We want strong laws to hold people accountable for the things they do to animals that are bad."
Animal advocates say in addition to a first-offense felony for abusers, they would also like to see anti-tethering legislation for dogs similar to 19 other states.
House Bill 274 will be heading to the Ohio Senate for a vote.
Chefs CornerWe often invite local chefs into our studio kitchen to demonstrate their cooking techniques and recipes. Watch those video segments on this page.
Pay It ForwardRiver Valley Credit Union, FOX45, and ABC22 recognize the good deeds of people and organizations who make the Miami Valley a better place.
Health Care ReformThe Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act sparked a new battle. Check here daily for the latest developments, locally and across the country.
Secrets Of A ThiefWe expose the "Secrets Of A Thief". Sponsored by Shiver Security.
Cool SchoolsOur children are the way of the future and it all starts with our schools. Join us as our Hilary Zalla goes inside schools around the Miami Valley to find out what cool things students and teachers are ...
Town HallJoin in as our expert panel discusses jobs in Ohio
No Text ZoneTexting While Driving Kills Thousands of People Each Year. Many More are Seriously Injured. You Can Help Make Our Roads a NO TEXT ZONE.
Washington TimesPolitics, Breaking News, US and World News.
On Time TrafficGet the latest traffic information and updates here!
School ClosingsGet the list of all closings and delays for schools and businesses within the area, and sign up for text alerts!
Save Local TVFind out how you can save local TV right here!
Raw NewsWatch raw, unedited and uncensored news stories right here!
Pump PatrolFind the lowest gas prices, check out local and national price trends, report low prices and get fuel saving tips!
Political PulseArmstrong Williams is a pugnacious, provocative and principled voice for conservatives and Christian values in America's public debates.
News LinksThese links were chosen by the newsroom for their newsworthy content. These sites enhance the news stories that aired on the newscast on the dates cited.
Menard's Around the HouseMenards Around the House how-to videos give you tips for those much needed home improvements!
On the MoveGet the latest news and more on your mobile phone!
Good MorningIt's Fun, it's fresh, the way mornings should be!
Top StoriesGet up to the minute information from across Ohio in our Top Stories section!
Your Voice. Your Future.As the country faces challenges from federal budget issues to jobs and national debt, your voice is critical to the future.
Waste WatchHow are your tax dollars being spent? Waste Watch tracks whether local, state and federal governments or any groups are using your money wisely...or wasting it.
Asian stocks weak amid new Europe jitters
MUMBAI, India (AP) -- Asian stock markets are following the lead of Wall Street, where worries about the soundness of a bank in Portugal that raised the specter of more financial turmoil in Europe.
WEST PALM BEACH, FL -- (Marketwired) -- 03/21/14 --
Companies that pride themselves on being eco-friendly may have conflicted
ideas between marketing with ad specialties and maintaining their green
"DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES"
NEW YORK (AP) -- Andy Serkis doesn't mind being the man behind the ape.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.
IN THE NEWS: VA. POLICE WON'T SEEK NUDE PIX OF SEXTING SUSPECT
McLEAN, Va. (AP) -- It had a certain "eewww" factor to it -- and now police in Manassas, Virginia have decided against it.
Tonight on ABC 22
6:30 pm ..... ABC World News
7:00 pm ..... Family Feud
7:30 pm ..... Family Feud
8:00 pm ..... Shark Tank
9:00 pm ..... What Would You Do?
10:00 pm ... 20/20
11:00 pm ... ABC 22 News at Eleven
11:30 pm ... Jimmy Kimmel Live
12:30 am ... Nightline