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NITRO'S LAW: Former kennel owner arrested



Published: Wed, December 21, 2011 @ 12:10 a.m.

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Croley

STEVE CROLEY ACCUSED OF VIOLATING PROBATION

‘nitro’s law’

Former kennel

owner

arrested

By John W. Goodwin Jr.

jgoodwin@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

The man whose animal-cruelty conviction gave birth to a call for change in state law is free on his own recognizance after spending Monday night in jail on a parole violation.

Steven Croley, 41, former owner of High Caliber K-9 Kennel on Coitsville-Hubbard Road where seven dogs starved to death in 2008, appeared Tuesday before Judge Robert Douglas of Youngstown Municipal Court via video for arraignment for violating terms of his probation by having three dogs on his Austintown property.

The judge released Croley and ordered him to return to court at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 11.

Liza Raab, owner of Nitro, one of the dogs that died in Croley’s care, said it is an outrage that Croley could ignore the parameters of his probation and be released from jail without bond.

“He is a convicted animal-abuser,” she said, “and I don’t understand how Judge Douglas could cut him loose until the animals and people in that house are safe.”

Croley sat before Judge Douglas three years ago for sentencing on four misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty. Croley pleaded no-contest to the four counts in a plea agreement with prosecutors. The judge found him guilty.

The judge sentenced Croley to 30 days in jail, $1,746 in restitution and three years on probation. Croley was ordered not to own or harbor any animals during the term of his probation.

The initial case against Croley was the impetus for a movement to change state law on animal cruelty called House Bill 108 or “Nitro’s Law” after one of the dogs found dead on the kennel property. The law would make certain acts of neglect by kennel owners a felony.

Animal Charity humane agents in 2008 found seven dead and eight malnourished dogs in the backyard kennel area of Croley’s business. They also found four dogs in the house. The 12 live dogs were taken to Animal Charity on South Avenue.

Croley told a humane agent he couldn’t afford to feed the dogs. He claimed ownership of 16 dogs, telling police the other three were boarded.

Croley’s period of probation was to end Jan. 21, 2012, but probation officers and the dog warden’s office say Croley violated the terms of his probation by again having dogs on his property.

George Denney, municipal-court administrator, said probation officers last week began receiving complaints about Croley keeping dogs at his Austintown property, prompting humane agents and the dog warden’s office to investigate. He said dogs were observed on the property and arrest warrants were issued.

Dave Nelson, deputy dog warden, said three dogs were observed on the property. He said Croley claims the dogs belong to his wife, and he is therefore allowed to live with the animals.

Nelson said the dogs appeared to be cared for and appear to be kept inside the home, but he is investigating the animals’ well-being.

None of the three dogs are properly registered with the county, Nelson said.

It is unclear how long Croley had been allegedly living with the three dogs. Nelson said Croley could be sentenced to 90 days in jail on each of the three counts of failure to comply.

Denney said the court did order Croley not to own or harbor any animals for the period of his probation, but city probation officers do not routinely make home visits to check on those in their charge.

“Our staff does not go out in the field. Our probationers come into the court and report,” Denney said. “Our folks don’t go out into the neighborhoods. We just don’t have the manpower for that.”

Denney said violations of parole most often are discovered when someone on probation is charged with an additional crime or there are complaints that are investigated, as in the case of Croley.

Judge Douglas said those on probation are expected to comply with the terms of probation and report regularly. He said if they are in violation of the terms of their probation, the matter will be handled appropriately when they are found to have committed a crime or, as with Croley, the matter is brought to the attention of the probation department and court.

Raab said Croley has demonstrated he has no respect for the law, and she is shocked no one bothered to check and see if Croley was following the terms of his probation.


Comments

1mammadoll(17 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

this buffoon belongs in prison..he apparently has no regard for the law or any remorse..what those poor animals suffered was reprehensible..he doesnt look like hes missed too many meals lately..guess he can fond money to feed his own face

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2amgolias(8 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

What a load of crap. "Dave Nelson, deputy dog warden, said three dogs were observed on the property. He said Croley claims the dogs belong to his wife, and he is therefore allowed to live with the animals. The man is an ABUSER...a KILLER...and allowed to be around animals. I guess murdering 8 dogs is o.k. He is like a pedophile...surrounded by children. OHIO WAKE UP...why do you let animals continuously die in the hands of these people. This is SOOOOOOOOOOO WRONG! Please everyone....call the Ohio legislators...and PASS HOUSE BILL 108...NITRO'S LAW ALREADY!

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3pkboo(2 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

I hope this monster gets all 270 days of jail time since he has no regard for the law or the lives of the animals he was entrusted to care for. We need to pass stricter laws against animal cruelty and abuse. I don't care that he says the dogs belong to his wife, they need to be removed from the premises or he does. Unbelievable.

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4AD3456(1 comment)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

This is aweful!!! How do we elect people that will not pass Nitro's Law! it's an outrage.

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5jessyray(1 comment)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Not only did this guy get off light in regards to his crime, now he's flagrantly disobeying the terms of his probation. A slap on the wrist is not enough to make him and others like him stand up and take notice of the paltry laws we have in place to protect animals. Ohio needs stricter punishments for animal abusers. I am deeply disturbed and appalled by the lack of reception Nitro's Law HB108 has received by our elected officials. It is time for Ohio to step it up and show the rest of the country that we will not stand for this type of behavior! Please support Nitro's Law HB108 by letting your legislators know how you feel! We have to rally for change ourselves and show the law makers of Ohio that we stand together in support of tougher punishments for abusers!

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6chowpitnrot(1 comment)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

You violate your parole YOU GO TO JAIL!! No animals should be in that household!! It should not matter that his WIFE owns the dogs. I hope those poor animals were confiscated.
Kyle Tyree was convicted of starving Bubba in Warren - bet you he's hiding another Pitty. Who's gonna check on him? The cruelty laws in Ohio SUCK and it's a shame if our lawmakers don't pass Nitro's Law. Just remember a NO VOTE will be remembered come re-election time - we don't forget!!

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7ohioanimallover(18 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

It's very SAD that the judge, probation officer, even the reps/senators of Ohio DO NOT DO THEIR JOBS that WE PAY THEM TO DO! The judge should have taken the dogs out of them home before he was sent back, as it was a violation. Even if he is "Married" they become his animals, which means he has been OWNING THEM FOR THE LAST 2-3 YEARS! Why wasn't the probation terms being checked on? Why were there NO visits to this mans home? WHY did the judge release him, with YET ANOTHER slap on the wrist?... Way to go OHIO! We're now known for Puppymills, and dog abusers!

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8rennie(2 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Something stinks in this system. Epic FAIL on the part of all concerned. Nothing changes if nothing changes. I support Nitro's Law! Are you listening, legislators?

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9Joanie(2 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

You have got to be kidding me! Don't have the manpower to go out into the field and check on murderers?? I will gladly take the job to check up on and into the life and living situations of people like this POS! He blatantly KILLED, without remorse, loved family members, and basically got off with fingers being swatted! The plea deal was, and is, a joke! Did the parents of the precious lost lives agree to him getting away with callously starving those innocents to death? NEVER!
He, and his wife, both know the terms of his probation.. she did, afterall, marry him, knowing of his visciousness toward those unable to speak out for themselves! That is the reason the animals aren't registered!!!
Can someone explain to me, also, please, how the animals that were removed and taken away from him in 2008, his personal dogs, be the exact ones now residing with this psychopath? Seems to me that this was all a premeditated slap in the face to the families that lost their pets, the judicial system, and the entire state of Ohio!
If he was released to go back to the home, then the way I see it, each and every day he is there, while the animals are still in residence, should be a new charge of probation violation, so, you figure out the math.. 3 dogs X 90 days...daily charges until January 11th! Does the judge have the gumption to impose this??
Nitro and his fellow kennelmates may be physically gone, but they will never be forgotten, and the supporters will not peacefully nor quietly go away!!
Call the reps in Ohio and get the HB108 voted for and passed so that future POS murderers can be properly convicted, and not just allowed to do as they please!

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10sueishere1955(1 comment)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

This is an outrage!! Ohio we need to vote out the people who won't vote in tougher animal abuse penalties. If you're not registered to vote, please register, it only takes a minute!

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11msweetwood(161 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

The following is MY opinion and not the opinion of anyone else at The Vindicator:

Here's what the average non-law-breaking taxpayer does not understand about our legal system: A judge looks at a case like this and says, "Misdemeanor. Jail space needs to be reserved for felons. Probation after a short jail stay!" He knows full well, however, that parole officers do not do home visits for those convicted of "mere" misdemeanors. So, essentially, the balance of the "punishment" is an honor system. Like sending a kid to his room and saying "Don't play with those toys! But, I'm really not going to check on you." So, the only way this "punishment" becomes an actual punishment is if the probation is violated and the convicted person is ratted out. So, there must be another transgression BEFORE an actual punishment is meted out for the initial offense. AND that only works if the rest of the public - everyone BUT the justice system - is vigilant. In another context: A thug shoots up his neighbor's empty car (no deadly criminal intent) and the crime gets pled down to a misdemeanor. As a term of his probabtion, he cannot own a gun. Are any of his gang running buddies going to turn him in if he has a gun the next day? What are the chances that anyone who fears getting shot is going to rat him out? That term of probabtion likely only works if he is arrested again.

In a case like Croley's (and we do not have all of the facts and he may, in fact, have done nothing wrong), vigilant animal lovers DID take action and inform authorities.

This only proves the system is confusing, broken and weighted AWAY from those who should be meting out justice and who are paid to do so from fully performing their duties. Instead, it's all about second and third chances and revolving door justice that seems to invite those who are convicted of misdemeanors to move up the criminal ladder or to make transgressions anew.

This is largely known among those who break the law. The rest of us are always surprised when we read stories like this because we really never intend to break the law, hence the system we support with our tax dollars is a mystery...

Mark Sweetwood
Managing Editor

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12rabbit66(20 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

THE SYSTEM NEEDS to be fixed. To my elected "officials": please stop FIGHTING for me and start WORKING for me. If you don't want to do that, step down for someone that WILL.

I understand that yes, this travesty is the result of MANY MANY issues (jail overcrowding, ineffective punishments, etc etc) and that the wheels of "justice" turn painfully slowly. What I do NOT understand is WHY things like this keep happening and everyone is outraged and horrified, yet, we KEEP LETTING IT HAPPEN and then wonder why it goes on again and again and again.

IF you are *really* outraged, GO GET ANSWERS.

DO SOMETHING.

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13southsidedave(4780 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Animal abusers belong in prison; if a person harms an animal, he will harm a person as well.

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14Kathd(1 comment)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Totally unacceptable and just plain ridiculous!!

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15onyx1010(2 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

What is wrong with these so judges and the rest of the professtionals that deal with this kind of stuff? No wonder this country is screwed up and these people keep doing the same things over and over ! WAKE UP AMERICA and stick it to these abusers!!

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16rpurple13(2 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

He should be thrown in jail, the dogs he killed will never get a second chance, they are dead, he slowly starved them to death, he got off way to easy in the first place and he obviously thinks the justice system is just a joke. Please pass Nitro's law. My heart goes out to the poor people that lost their beloved pets to this monster. They paid him money and he left them to die, I really hope he gets what he deserves. I live in Ohio, what will it take to change the laws in this state? Terry Thompson was also a convicted animal abuser - how was he allowed to keep all those exotics? Look what he did to them. Wake up Ohio and lets make some changes.

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17humanity(2 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Thanks to Jessyray for the eloquent post. See here...Not only did this guy get off light in regards to his crime, now he's flagrantly disobeying the terms of his probation. A slap on the wrist is not enough to make him and others like him stand up and take notice of the paltry laws we have in place to protect animals. Ohio needs stricter punishments for animal abusers. I am deeply disturbed and appalled by the lack of reception Nitro's Law HB108 has received by our elected officials. It is time for Ohio to step it up and show the rest of the country that we will not stand for this type of behavior! Please support Nitro's Law HB108 by letting your legislators know how you feel! We have to rally for change ourselves and show the law makers of Ohio that we stand together in support of tougher punishments for abusers!

Yes-our system is flawed and "we the people" must work together to correct it.

Also please know these facts: A correlation between animal abuse, family violence and other forms of community violence has been established. Child and animal protection professionals have recognized this link, noting that abuse of both children and animals is connected in a self-perpetuating cycle of violence. When animals in a home are abused or neglected, it is a warning sign that others in the household may not be safe. In addition, children who witness animal abuse are at a greater risk of becoming abusers themselves.

Yes, those that support Nitro's Law are animal lovers-but we are also people lovers.

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18Sherry6725(1 comment)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Obviously this man has no regard for the law.

The legislators had better stop dragging their feet here in Ohio.....I'm a registered voter and I'm very seriously looking for a rep who will do something to help change the pitiful animal laws here.

How long before this man becomes a danger to humans?

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19rabbit66(20 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Croley needs a slap on the wrist with a sledgehammer.

HOLD THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR HIM ACCOUNTABLE!

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20LoveaLee(5 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

For a society to treat any life lost as unimportant
is such a sad state. I agree, to my Ohio rep, if you can't do the job, get out of the way and let someone who can take your place. To the "system" I am over murders being allowed to run free. I am ashamed to say the state I live in seems to be only interested in what can make money

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21mysti(1 comment)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Basically what Croley has done is flip the finger at the judge, the justice system and everyone in the state. If you are not willing to protect everyone, meaning every living being in your state you shouldnt be in a position of power at all. I am not from Ohio, I DO SUPPORT NITRO'S LAW, and any law in any state that protects living beings. I live in IL, I will boycott anything coming from Ohio period until this is passed. If I have to drive east I will avoid Ohio like the plague, because I will have my animals with me and I know that if anything were to happen to them while I was there nothing would be done period! And I will continue to spread the word that Ohio has a "good ole boy " mentality when it comes to animals. Which has been proven by the lawmakers, and those who uphold the law, actions. The eyes of the world are on Ohio, watching and waiting to see how you handle all of this, and so far you are a disgrace! It scares me even more that Ohio is the swing state in our nations elections. Where are you all???? What kind of people are you?? You pay them to work for you! If they aren't doing the job then get rid of them! Croley has flipped you all the finger, what are you going to do about it???

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22eaglespirit(5 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

When will the legislators, court system and residents of Ohio WAKE UP??!!! We need Nitro's Law in Ohio!!!

They say felony laws for animal abusers are too strong??? WRONG!!! This incident PROVES animal abusers need tougher punishments!!!

When Croley was sentenced the first time, he said he was sorry...SORRY MY *SS!!! He was SO sorry he violated his probation by getting more animals. A little jail time and probation doesn't work with people like this!!!

CROLEY lied about the dogs under his care. He said they were fine, when they were starving to death right under his nose!!! He willfully starved them to death and all he gets is a slap on the hand??!!!!

He is nothing but an evil, lying psychopath!! He has NO conscience and He's NOT going to change!!

Animal abusers such as Croley need to be charged with FELONIES!!!! Something that goes on their record as a red flag to others!! They also should be PROHIBITED from owning any type of animal ever again!!

Elizabeth Lewis
Middletown, Ohio

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23Ashtok(3 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

What really needs to happen is that he is put in jail for violating his probation, which should lead to something else such as a LONGER probation period and fines. There is no point in probation if the law officials do not even check in on it ..

Nitro's Law NEEDS to be passed so people and stop brushing off pitiful consequences.

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24sgtlonewolf(1 comment)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

The Senate and House Officials need to realize that an animal is a living breathing creature and for many is a family member!! The present and future voters know this and if the current elected officials including judges don't see this soon they will get the point soon after they are booted out of office by the millions of animal loving voters and that number is growing every day!!!! Do the right thing and make animal cruelty and torture a Felony,Hell for that matter it is the humane and Moral thing to do!!!

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25catgirl26(2 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Croley is a liar, a killer---a deliberate killer, and he must be stopped. Those three dogs very well could have been his newest victims. Nitro's Law MUST be passed and felony charges should be able to be filed against anyone abusing/killing an animal. Serial killers start out by torturing and killing animals. Ohio laws MUST be changed to protect innocent lives---yesterday!

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26XaviersMama(1 comment)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

You're kidding right?

Note to self--Ohio, especially Youngstown, Inhabitable.

Current residents (including lawmakers) please look that word up in any standard dictionary.
Then make corrections required for benefit of ALL.

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27rabbit66(20 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

@XaviersMama I think you mean UNinhabitable.

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28mammenchiro(10 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

I understand the legal system and animal control as well. I understand, albeit do not agree, with why some of the decisions have and were made. I do think that Croley has shown a blantant disregard for the legal system and the state and local laws. Three years of not owning a dog was all he had to do to complete his sentence. I think he got off too lightly across the board, but three years of not owning a pet is all he had to do. Not only did he own three dogs, he refused to register them in an attempt to thawt the law. I deffinately think there should have been a bond and I also think he should serve the maximum time for his probation violation as possible and NEVER be allowed to own animals again. He poor me routine is old and untrue. Most of his boarders paid IN ADVANCE and brought their own food and even if they hadn't he could have called them to pick up their dogs. I mean, who feeds and boards OTHER people's dogs for free ESPECIALLY if they are going through a supposedly bad finacial time. He is a narcissist with NO REGARD TO LIFE. He should be required to FULLY comply with the consequences of his actions particularly considering how pathetic his punishment.

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29trennels(1 comment)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

This is an outrage! First this person shows he has no respect for life, now he shows no respect for the law! Time to put him back in jail!

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30AOSPCA(14 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

We had requested an appointment with the probation officer to appear in her office with potential witnesses involving new animal abuse allegations. We were denied the appointment. So, they do not go to the field and supervise, and you can not come to them with information, exactly just what does the probation department do? Obviously, they do as little as possible other than collect the cost of supervison.

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31Patricia(2 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

I understand the overcrowding in the jails and all that hullabaloo, but in light of that, Nitro's Law should be passed immediately, giving judges the discretion to jail offenders like this idiot. Since that hasn't happened yet, the first thing this judge should do is remove those three dogs from the criminal's house. Since none of them are properly registered, the claim that they belong to his wife doesn't wash. Then, the judge should slap this guy in jail for violating his parole - even if it is for a nonsatisfying short amount of time. Then someone should be assigned to check up on the criminal at least weekly - even if it isn't actually the parole people (though why it can't be them is still somewhat vague in my mind). Then as a condition of the criminal's parole (when he gets out of jail) he should have to work at an animal shelter - the employees of which would report to the parole people. Whenever the shelter gets a case of animal cruelty, especially starvation cases, he should be the one in charge of the animal's rehabilitation. Maybe all of that would at least make the criminal scared enough not to do anything like his previous crime again. Or, with luck and eternal optimism, maybe it would actually rehabilitate him, and he would live the rest of his life trying to make up for the cruelty he inflicted.

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32HexedCell(5 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Im glad to see this made the front page today alot of people in the area had no clue what he looked like or even did. now they do and will never forget that this guy is a monster!!! Out of all the bad things that have happened to Ohio's animals now is the time to step up and make all these sick animal abusers pay!!! No more slaps on the wrists ohio!!! Time for full prosecution!!! Please contact your Ohio rep and DEMAND that they PASS NITRO'S LAW!!!! We as ohio residents pay their salaries...Put a hold on a casino and do whats right for the animals!!!

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33amorris84(1 comment)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Ohio should be ashamed. Ranked 45th for animal protection laws!! It's time to wake up. It's time to take a stand for the animals of Ohio, who have suffered, unprotected, in silence for far too long. Ohio is in the minority providing only misdemeanor penalties regardless the extent of the crime or cruelty against defenseless animals. Nitro's Law which has been 3 long years in the making would finally change that! Contact your Ohio Rep. Tell them to pass Nitro's law!!

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34stomkat(1 comment)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

I am so pissed I could cry. Of course we knew he was back in contact with dogs and working with them again. Why not? He killed all those dogs and got NOTHING for it. And gets a NIGHT in jail. Just disgusting.

Ohio animal cruelty laws are ridiculous. I am ashamed to say I live here, and plan to move within the year. This has got to be the most backwards, back woods state in the US. Every day there is another abused, neglected, tortured animal. Government turns a blind eye, and sweeps Nitro's Law under the rug again... disheartening.

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35MichelleGladney(2 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

It is time to get those who refuse to change Ohio's animal cruelty laws OUT OF OFFICE! It is embarrassing to me a life long Ohio resident to continue to see Ohio in the national spotlight because of unspeakable animal abuse cases! It is time for the voters of Ohio to get our current ELECTED OFFICIALS OUT! We need to get officials in office that Listen to those who pay their salaries and enact stricter animal cruelty laws in Ohio! How many more innocent animals must be murdered for Ohio's lawmakers to wake up? FBI statistics prove that nearly all convicted serial killers abused/tortured animals at some point in their life! Statistics also prove that where there is animal abuse in a home their is often domestic violence and child abuse as well, domestic violence victims often stay in a violent home for fear of what could happen to the family pet if left with the abuser. If Ohio had stronger animal cruelty laws and were in align with the other 45 states that have felony provisions in their animal cruelty laws we would not have all of the national media attention that just shows everyone else in the world how behind Ohio is in just about everything including the fact that Lawmakers in Ohio don't care what their voters want from them and Ohio voters are allowing it to happen! It is time Ohio to make a difference it is time to speak up if out ELECTED lawmakers refuse to listen to us lets elect those who will! DEMAND THAT YOUR OHIO LAWMAKER SUPPORTS NITRO'S LAW IF THEY DON'T LET THEM KNOW THAT YOU REFUSE TO VOTE FOR SOMEONE THAT DOES NOT SUPPORT STRICTER ANIMAL CRUELTY LAWS!

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36Wiggylovesyou(1 comment)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

How can this be allowed? He is in breach of his probation but gets sent home and the animals still remain there? Please tell me where this man has EVER been punished for the crimes he committed because I've yet to see anything. The animals at the kennels suffered a cruel, slow and excruciatingly slow death, yet instead of getting treated like a criminal he gets treated like a victim! Nitros law has to be passed as this is an absolute joke!!

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37eaglespirit(5 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

This is a complete waste of time and taxpayers money!! They should have given him a stronger sentence to begin with AND charged him with a FELONY!! Oh, that's right...OHIO does NOT HAVE felony animal cruelty laws!! So, this POS is going to get his hand slapped yet AGAIN!! And all the other animal abusers will just get a slap on the hand!! As long as Ohio does NOT change the laws animal abuse will still be rampant!! Support NITRO'S LAW!! HB 108!!

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38Paige42986(3 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

I am ashamed to live in Ohio when I hear about the lax animal cruelty laws and how one man flipped the bird at the court and had dogs when he was told that he could not have them. To say that you don't have enough probation officers to go out and check on a probationer who was reportedly seen having dogs is appalling because what is probation and parole supposed to be about to check to make sure he is doing what he was told of course the POS wasn't. With out Nitro's Law he will get his hand slapped again and the animal abusers will have won again. Support NITRO'S LAW HB108

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39DERGH11(3 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Steve Croley is an unrepentant monster and now he is arrogantly ignoring the law and the terms of his probation. This meant he was unable to own dogs during his probationary period. He will try to claim the three dogs he has living with him aren't his, but those of his wife. Two of them are known to have been his before he acquired a wife.

Since 2008, after starving to death at least eight or nine dogs, Croley was in jail for four months and ordered to pay restitution. He was put on probation and told not to own dogs of his own during that period. He should not own dogs ever again at all. He is an irresponsible person who took money from his clients and then refused to administer the most basic care to their dogs. They suffered horribly, starving, no food, no water, no shelter. They had been given to Mr. Croley along with pay for their care. He took the money, but provided nothing in return but torture, and slow death.

He deliberately stole money from those families of the pets he killed. He took it and allegedly used it for his own purposes and should have been charged with felony fraud at least. He was told in court what was expected of him. He has flagrantly refused to comply. He deserves more jail time. He deserves more fines. He needs his permission to own animals revoked permanently.

Make an example out of Mr. Croley and make it clear that we in Ohio have NO TOLERANCE for animal abusers!!! We need Nitro's Law to not be ignored and for this "man" to be shown what NO means. Lock him back up, so he can't endanger any more animals' lives and hurt any more families the way he did those who entrusted their animals to his care in 2008, among them Nitro's parents, Liz and Tom. Who might be endangered by him now if he refuses to listen to the rules he was given?

D. Ergh
Wayne County, Ohio 44270

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40oldfart(1 comment)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

This is pure nonsense and I am outraged at the APATHY and UTTER STUPIDITY of our legislators!!! Ohio is still stuck in the dark ages when it comes to companion animals! Everyone knows there is an undisputed link between animal abuse and abuse of humans! For THIS reason alone there should be felony laws for abusing an animal.... let alone the FACT that 7 dogs had an agonizingly slow death by starvation!!! William Batchelder...get off your duff and bring Nitro's Law to a vote!!!!!!

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41BUMBLES(3 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

What this heartless bastard did to Nitro & others is horrific.. If this was humans he would be a serial killer & facing life or death, so why the double standard ? At time of death, all these pups were OHIO RESIDENTS, another let down by goverment...I will never visit or live in Ohio, you have no respect for your citizens both k-9 or human..Ohio is the ANIMAL STATE, WANNA HURT A PET, MOVE TO OHIO, YOU GET NO PUNISHMENT, PASS NITROS LAW, PA IS WATCHING & SO IS THE REST OF THE WORLD. WHATS THE POINT OF SAYING HE CANT OWN PETS IF HE CAN BE IN SAME HOUSE ?? HE STILL HAS ACCESS TO KILL THEM.

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42cody65(1 comment)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Does anyone know the names of the three dogs "owned by his wife" or where those three dogs are now?

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43julescakes(9 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Disgusting! How dare this fat slob go near an animal?? hes a fat liar, he says he couldnt afford to feed them!! B.S.!!! by the looks of him he sure didnt miss a meal!! and his wife?? what kind of freakshow, loser is she to stand by and allow this to happen?? she has some deep seated issues!! they will both get whats coming to them soon!!

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44max340pug(11 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Wow, once again the judicial system proves to us what a crock of crap it truly is...this piece of garbage should never see the light of day again.

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45Mrschristian(1 comment)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

I breed two small sheedzu dogs and they live in the house with us the female sleeps with me under her own blanket, the male sleeps in our room in his own large portable kennel I recomend bying a kennel for a large dog even when keeping a small dog in it as this gives him more room he is only in at night and when I can't be home as he widdles around the house because he has a female, I always make sure my dogs have food if I had to go without so they can eat sso be it I could never bare alowing them to miss a meal. what is going on in the head of someone who lets his dogs starve? why didn't he turn them over to the humane scociety or a rescue group if he couldn't look after them what planet are these people on? I forgive him because I'm a christian, but it seems that some people can't seem to think on a normal level, it makes sense to turn them over to someone who can feed them if its too much. I didn't sell a pup to a lady who came to by one once because she told me that she had 12 dogs on her property. alarm bells went off and I politely told her she had enough dogs. I won't sell pups to dog collecters. they must garanty that the pups be spade /neutered or I won't sell to them.

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