Dick Goddard was a much-loved man and a legend in Northeast Ohio. He was an animal advocate and made huge strides in the fight against animal cruelty in the state of Ohio. His biggest impact came when Goddard’s Law was passed in Ohio in 2016. The law made acts of cruelty against a companion animal a fifth-degree felony, punishable by six months to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine. That includes depriving a pet of food, water or shelter. This law has been extremely beneficial to the plight of feral cats. It designates all cats as companion animals, ensuring that stray and feral cats are entitled to the same protections under the law as “owned” cats. We will be forever in his debt. He is loved and missed.