Success: City Passes Harsher Animal Cruelty Law


Target: Akron City Council President, Garry Moneypenny

Goal: Thank Akron city council for passing stricter animal cruelty laws.

Akron has passed a revised animal cruelty law that includes penalties for mistreating animals and increases restrictions on shelters and tethering. These new policies came about due to the efforts of the public and petition sites such as ForceChange who voiced their support for the proposed stricter laws. Thank the Akron city council for taking a stand and implementing harsher punishments to protect animals.

The council prepared the legislation because Akron police sergeant Kris Beitzel testified that many police officers were unable to warn animal owners to keep their dogs safe under preexisting Akron laws. He wanted there to be language added to the law that would make it necessary for owners to provide shelter for their animals in the case of extreme weather conditions.

Under the new law, pet owners will be prohibited from tying up their pets for long periods of time. More specifically, they are prohibited from tying up their pets for more than three hours at a time or for more than six hours a day. The chain used to tie up the pet needs to be 5x longer than their body length and outdoor shelters need to have adequate insulation. Lastly, the new law spells out that owners need to bring their animals inside in an event of a heat or cold advisory or else they will be fined and serve time in prison.

Please sign this petition to congratulate the Akron city council for passing a much-needed animal cruelty law.


Dear President Garry Moneypenny,

Akron, Ohio has faced many issues when it comes to the way animals are taken care of by their owners. Some animals are left tied up all day in their owner’s yard for hours. We are pleased that the city council has passed a new animal cruelty law that will make sure that animals have adequate shelter and are not being tethered for long periods at a time.

Thank you and the Akron city council for listening to Sgt. Beitzel’s testimony about the inadequate animal cruelty laws in Akron. During his career, he has encountered too many animals suffering in poorly built shelters. Now with the new law put in place there is less of a chance that police officers will find animals suffering in smoldering heat or freezing cold temperatures.


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  1. Renee Calpin says:

    Thank God for another Victory in Akron!!! ALL states should put into effect animal cruelty laws matching laws for human abuse, assault, murder animals are more innocent, voice-LESS, they deserve to be even more protected like kids!! They are fur babies!!! Thank you for increasing but keep adding to your bills to protect the innocent sentient beings-animals!!!

  2. pamela bolton says:

    Now enforce the laws you have made and don’t allow plea deals of any kind. You can be the leader for new laws in all states. This is long overdue.

  3. Sydney M says:

    Thank You for toughening the laws. In my opinion, though, the laws could never be severe enough for those who abuse, torture and murder helpless animals.

  4. Rose Ann George says:

    AGAIN, as I’ve been saying for YEARS, the country needs enforced
    SPAY/NEUTER laws.

    THIS and ONLY THIS will reduce animal cruelty!!!!!

  5. GOOD! If we don’t protect animals, who will?! Society should NEVER allow the psychopaths, the idiots to abuse or kill animals — the penalties should be strict and severe! Good work!

  6. Patricia Poole says:

    I wish all our leaders felt this way and follow this great wise law. It is good to see empathy for our voiceless animals that take such abuse and punishment is not dealt with.

  7. It is about time sombody did something to protect these poor mistreated animals

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