- Advertisement -
  • Most Commentedmost commented up
  • Most Emailedmost emailed up
  • Popularmost popular up
- Advertisement -

« News Home

Nitro died from Croley’s long-term neglect, suit says

Published: Thu, May 7, 2009 @ 12:07 a.m.

The dog died ‘due to long-term neglect,’ the lawsuit says.

staff report

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 3-year-old male Rottweiler dog named Nitro, who died last October, is suing 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, argues that 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 Raab would pay for any necessary veterinary care, the suit says.

However, the suit says 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.


1shastashadow(3 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

I think it is appalling that the sentence Croley received was so minimal...I truly hope this lawsuit will make the community understand the lack of compassion and rights for animals. They were denied everything that Croley should have stood for and NOW HE MUST PAY! Good luck Liz with your lawsuit...it won't bring Nitro back but hopefully it will be a start in making kennel operators responsible for the lives of pets we put our trust in.

Suggest removal:

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

I am sickened by what this horrible excuse of a human being did to these poor, defenseless animals. Shooting him would be too kind. He should get the punishment the crime deserves.
He gives the reputable kennel owners a bad name. Everyone should check a kennel three or four times before trusting the owners because of this SOB Croley. Best of luck to you Liz for standing up for all the animals that can't speak up!

Suggest removal:

3Ginger76(178 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

The dog died ‘due to long-term neglect,’ the lawsuit says................

Only the devil could look away from those suffering eyes.

I would personally like some alone time with this piece of garbage.


Suggest removal:

4Abbysmom(5 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

This need NOT have happened!!! The scum needs to spend the rest of his life locked up!!!

Suggest removal:

5voice(6 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

Now maybe the truth will come out! I hope Steve had a lot of time to think about what he did and all the hardship he caused the poor helpless dogs that depended on him and their families who trusted him. I'm a little appauled that NO other dog owners came forward THEN and NOW!

Suggest removal:

6pamewame(48 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

I have a feeling that money is going to be the only thing that Steve understands. Nothing else has so far. His sentence was not a big enough deterrent to make him stop and think about what he has done. I am with you voice, where are the other owners???

Suggest removal:

7voice(6 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

I still don't understand why no other dog owners have not filed suit. They must not be dog lovers just dog owners who use the dogs to make money off of.

Suggest removal:

8JeffLebowski(953 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

voice-You're right, that must be it. The other people didn't care about their pets; they just wanted to drop $750 a month for dogs that were inconsequential.

Suggest removal:

9voice(6 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

who knew that this person was going to do this? jeff you must not love animals

Suggest removal:

10JeffLebowski(953 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

Yep, I must not love animals either.

Suggest removal:

11JeffLebowski(953 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

This has been a long time coming:


Suggest removal:

12max340pug(11 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

As a veterinarian, it saddens me to realize the suffering Nitro and the other neglected dogs experienced. Dehydration & starvation are extremely painful. This poor excuse for a human being needs to pay and pay dearly. Money will not bring these dogs back, nor will it teach someone as inhumane as this piece of garbagea lesson. I say, make him feel what they did, lock him in a cage and throw away the key. My prayers are with you Liz, and also with the others who have suffered the great loss of their companions. Justice MUST prevail here.

Suggest removal:

13imissmyBetsy(11 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

I hope that s.o.b. is already dead from starvation. Who in their right mind would open that joint up again? Who would be so arrogant to bring their dogs there? Liz, I cannot apologize enough, that anti-christ should rot in hell. Steve Croley. I hope you starved to death. I wish you could get millions- stay on it; keep at it. HOPEFULLY justice will be served.

Suggest removal:

14pamewame(48 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

Nitro was just a mere three years old. He should be spending Mothers Day with his mom. But instead this horrible person took him from her. Death only separates, the bond and memories cannot be taken away from us ever. Bless you Nitro and Liz.

Suggest removal:


HomeTerms of UsePrivacy StatementAdvertiseStaff DirectoryHelp
© 2015 Vindy.com. All rights reserved. A service of The Vindicator.
107 Vindicator Square. Youngstown, OH 44503

Phone Main: 330.747.1471 • Interactive Advertising: 330.740.2955 • Classified Advertising: 330.746.6565
Sponsored Links: Vindy Wheels | Vindy Jobs | Vindy Homes