Ohio Public Radio
4:47 am
Wed December 12, 2007

Animal welfare in Ohio series - Part 2

Columbus, OH – Former mass murderer Jeffrey Dahmer killed his first victim, hitchiker Steven Hicks, in Bath Ohio in 1978. Dahmer went on to kill 16 more men and boys during the next fifteen years. But Dahmer's first victim wasn't human. He had a history of mutilating and butchering animals as a young child. Now Ohio lawmakers are considering a plan that would use animal abuse to identify children who are at risk of becoming violent offenders in the future. In her second of three reports on how Ohio lawmakers are dealing with some animal welfare issues, Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports the legislation that would require kids who abuse animals to undergo counseling.