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Former Youngstown kennel owner sued over dog’s death



Published: Wed, May 6, 2009 @ 9:35 a.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — A Fresh Meadows, N.Y., woman has filed a civil lawsuit against a former Youngstown kennel owner, who went to jail for four months on animal cruelty charges.

Elizabeth Raab, owner of a three-year-old male Rottweiler dog, named Nitro, who died last October, sued Steven S. Croley, 38, former owner of the High Caliber K-9 Kennel on Coitsville-Hubbard Road, and unknown defendants.

The suit, filed Tuesday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court, alleges Nitro died because Croley failed to provide adequate food, water, lodging or care for him.

Raab dropped Nitro off at the kennel in June 2008 under a $750-a-month agreement that the kennel would feed, house and individually train Nitro for at least three months, and that Rabb would pay for any necessary veterinary care, the suit says.

However, the suit alleges the kennel failed to train the dog or have him examined or treated by a veterinarian.

“Nitro died under defendant’s care due to long-term neglect,” according to the suit, which seeks more than $25,000 in damages.

The complaint, which demands a jury trial, is assigned to Judge R. Scott Krichbaum.

In the criminal case, Croley was convicted in January of four misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty, fined $1,000 and jailed for four months.

The kennel was shut down last fall when the charges were filed after animal owners found seven dead and 12 starving dogs there, but it has recently reopened under new ownership.

State legislators from the area later introduced bills that would make cruelty to animals a felony.


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1boardmanneedschange(364 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

Every other animal owner whos dog perished should follow suit.............

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2Abbysmom(5 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

I know the money won't bring back Nitro or the other dogs but this scum should be in jail the rest of his life for what he did.

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3ads(109 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

I agree with Boardman all other owners should file suits too. This man physically got away with murder. He basically got a slap on the hand for killing people's family members. It sickens me that our laws do not protect the innocent. It's time for a change.

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4shastashadow(3 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

Hopefully with a jury trial, the real truth will come out and this man will get his true day in court.
Also Nitro's owner will get to express their anger at what has happened and the truth told. I know the money can not bring Nitro back but the satisfaction of seeing this man truly held accountable for his action..non actions...need to
happen in an open court.
Good Luck Liz! You deserve your day to be heard!

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5Ginger76(178 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

I wish this was a felony already.....enough of these pigs getting away with such heinous crimes...

GO LIZ!

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6fishergirl(2 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

I can't beieve that horrible excuse of a human being hasn't been really punished yet. How dare he treat loving, defenseless aimals in such a way. Put the SOB in a cage and let him go without food or water for some time. I would be embarrased to even be related to the jerk. I pray the Justice System finds an appropriate punishment for Croley.

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7pamewame(48 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

Finally the whole truth will come out. Its a shame it had to go this route, but we all know that he did not receive even a portion of what he should of gotten. I know that money will not change what has happened, at this point this is the only thing that will make an impact on those that torture and abuse our precious animal friends and family members. Lets all hope and pray that Nitro finally receives the justice for the unspeakable acts that he had to endure. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you and your family Liz.

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8max340pug(11 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

Four months in jail?? Come on! That's not NEARLY long enough for this scum to sit and think about what he did to these poor, innocent dogs. This jackass should be locked in a cage without food & water. Let him not only think about what he did, but also feel the pain and suffering they did. You will be in my thoughts and prayers Liz, just as Nitro has been. Justice MUST prevail here!!!

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9Clinton(1 comment)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

The whole thing is outrageous. This man got away with a slap on the wrist for this unthinkable crime. I hope that every dog owner who lost one of their beloved family members due to this monster will file a suit against him. There are real issues with the laws in this country, if these had been someone's elderly parents or young children he would be on death row for this crime.,.. the laws need to change..This should never happen to any one ever again!

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10AnimalProtector(1 comment)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

<<The kennel was shut down last fall when the charges were filed after animal owners found seven dead and 12 starving dogs there, but it has recently reopened under new ownership>>

Uh huh. New ownership, right. Ten to one a relative took over this death-to-animals money-machine. Whoever runs the agency that licenses this kind of hideous operation belongs in jail in the same cell as the monster(s) who killed the animals.

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