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Posted on: December 7, 2017

ORC 959.131 Prohibitions concerning companion animals

 D) No person who confines or who is the custodian or caretaker of a companion animal shall negligently do any of the following:

(1) Torture, torment, or commit an act of cruelty against the companion animal;

(2) Deprive the companion animal of necessary sustenance or confine the companion animal without supplying it during the confinement with sufficient quantities of good, wholesome food and water if it can reasonably be expected that the companion animal would become sick or suffer in any other way as a result of or due to the deprivation or confinement ;

(3) Impound or confine the companion animal without affording it during the impoundment or confinement, with access to shelter from heat, cold, wind, rain, snow, or excessive direct sunlight if it can reasonably be expected that the companion animal would become sick or suffer in any other way as a result of or due to the lack of adequate shelter.

If you see an animal whose custodian (owner or caretaker) appears to be in violation of Ohio Revised Code, Section 959.131, please call SPCA Cincinnati 513-541-6100.