Ohio's Mandated Abuse Reporting: An Overview of HB 33

  • 6 Apr 2021
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Webinar via Zoom

Ohio's Mandated Abuse Reporting:

An Overview of HB 33

April 6, 2021 – Webinar via Zoom

Noon – 1:30 p.m.


House Bill 33 was signed by Governor DeWine and goes into effect on April 12, 2021. This law serves to protect both animals and humans from abuse by requiring that certain professionals engage in cross-reporting of suspected abuse and neglect of companion animals or humans.

While certain professionals are currently required to report suspected child abuse, no law existed for the reporting of companion animal abuse. HB 33 recognizes that there is a link between abuses committed against humans and animals.

Some highlights of HB 33 include (read the full text of the bill here)

  • Prohibits veterinarians and specified social service/counseling professionals from failing to report abuse of a companion animal (a dog, cat, or animal other than livestock/wildlife that is kept in a residential dwelling)
  • Similarly prohibits a law enforcement officer, humane society agent, animal control officer, dog warden, or deputy dog warden from failing to report abuse of a companion animal to an appropriate social service professional under specified circumstances
  • Specifies that a person required to make a report is immune from civil or criminal liability in connection with making the report when the report is made in good faith
  • Adds dog wardens/animal control officers to the list of professionals who must immediately report child abuse

    Join us on Zoom on April 6 from Noon to 1:30 p.m. as we review the cross-reporting mandates in HB 33; discuss the link between animal and human abuse; and talk about how to recognize and report both human and animal abuse and neglect.


    Jeff Holland, Holland & Muirden Attorneys at Law

    Janet Hoy-Gerlach, Associate Professor, Social Work Program, The University of Toledo 

    Joe Dell'Anno, Chief Humane Agent, Cleveland Animal Protective League

    Dr. Allison Lash, DVM, Cleveland Animal Protective League

    Julie Holmes-Taylor, Director, Greene County Animal Control

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