The Ohio State Senate has introduced a bill seeking tougher penalties for those who abuse or kill "companion animals," meaning any animal kept inside the home. 

Additionally, all dogs and cats are protected in the bill. 

Currently, the offense of knowingly and needlessly killing a pet is only a first-degree misdemeanor. Under the new proposal, it would be upped to a third-degree felony. 

In Ohio, third-degree felonies carry a penalty of 9-36 months in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000. The new classification would increase the chances of jail time for animal abusers. 

You can read the bill in its entirety here