i live in ohio. yes, it's a misdomeanor. altho, i think they just passed a law that it is a felony after the third animal cruelty offense. big deal. is that supposed to help? it should be a felony the first time! but that's my opinion. and something I feel very, very strongly about! i volunteer at my local animal shelter, and it is heartbreaking the way people treat them. we could learn a lot from dogs. they would never treat us that way!!!!
"He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader.
He will be yours, faithful and true to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion."-Unknown