New Indiana law will limit pet ownership by convicted animal abusers

A British Bulldog eating from a dog bowl. (Source: Business Image)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR/AP) — A bill signed by Gov. Eric Holcomb bars Indiana residents on probation or parole from animal abuse from owning a cat or dog.

The bill was signed into law April 18. House members voted 90-0 in early April in favor of the bill after the measure passed the Senate, 49-0 in February.

The legislation would bar anyone convicted of one of 13 animal abuse offenses, including animal fighting, from owning, harboring or training a dog or cat for the duration of their probation or parole.

Sen. Ron Alting (R-Lafayette) said he filed the measure after several county prosecutors told him it's needed to prevent repeated instances of animal abuse by people with a history of harming animals.

The law will go into effect July 1, 2019.