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LOUIE FRIDAY: Editor Todd, dog killer Steve Croley and Nitro's law debacle,

Published: Thu, December 22, 2011 @ 10:40 p.m.

Louie, Vindy.com's news radio partner, will catch up on the week's events and take a look at what's coming next week with Vindicator Editor Todd Franko.

Then Youngstown City Prosecutor Jay Macejko will discuss Nitro's Law, the proposed bill that would make animal abuse a felony, but which state lawmakers have allowed to languish in committee for about three years.

And Community Corrections Association's Dr Richard Billak will offer his expertise on the probation process in light of the arrest of Steve Croley — who starved Nitro to death while he was supposed to be training him — on a probation violation for continuing to own dogs.

Croley's sentence for starving 19 dogs and killing eight of those, prohibits him from owning dogs.

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1geturpetzfixed(10 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

i think he should be starved to death. please help pass nitros bill so trash like him will be held accountable for killing precious animals.how can he sit and watch tv while there were dogs right outside his door starving? what a piece of work he is.garbage

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2AOSPCA(14 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Remove the animals, charge the new wife with abetting. He owned 2 of those dogs before he married her and they were removed from him in 2008. There is no "magic" number of years he should be prohitted from owning animals, it should be he be prohibited from "ever" owning animals, harboring them or even being near them. His earnings are directly related to animals, he needs a job in a convenience store as a check out clerk or goods stocker, not be allowed to train, transport, harbor, own animals, for life.

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3LovesYeshua(3 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Maybe now, the state Representative will listen to our voice about HB108. Steve Croley needs to be the example of not how to treat animals and needs to spend many long months if not years in jail reflecting on what he has done. Does this man show remorse?? I think not.. put him away! before he hurts more.

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4huskymom1(1 comment)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

This is so appalling. He got off easy with his original offense, had pals secure his dogs so he could violate the terms of his parole once he served his piddly sentence, and then tries to pin things on his new wife (whose decency must be questioned, and loudly). This sorry excuse for a human being needs to serve serious prison time and be banned from owning animals for life. The thought that he could do so after wantonly allowing dogs left with him for care and training to die is so very wrong. Come on Ohio. Start acting like a decent state and pass laws that protect companion animals from scum like Croley.

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5PARbigdogs(7 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Animal Advocates in the State of Ohio have been fighting for felony Animal Cruelty Laws for DECADES; our Ohio Representatives continue to fail our companion pets in this State ... and our Judges and Prosecutors continue to make a mockery of crimes against animals.

Steve Croley KILLED 8 dogs, starved them to death. The remaining dogs were emaciated and near death. After arriving LATE to court, in a plea deal Steve Croley was sentenced to only 120 days (less for 13 days served). He was ordered to pay an insulting amount in restitution (that probably didn't cover the cost to care for ONE of the surviving dogs that he starved) and ordered not have ANY animals for the duration of his probation ... only 3 years. Now he blames his spouse that he is in possession of 3 dogs and 2 cats?

Steve Croley continues to thumb his nose at Judge Robert A. Douglas Jr, Prosecutor Jay Macejko, and Ohio State Laws. I only hope this won't be a replay of January 23, 2009 and that justice will finally be served.

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6mammenchiro(10 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Maybe Ohio lawmakers will finally pass a felony animal law. They are one of the last states in the country and have been stalling for years. It's time for them to 'man up'.

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7acain1017(2 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

I can only hope this violation of probation will be enough for the state of Ohio to see that a slap on the wrist isn't taken seriously. We need to see felony charges against those who commit these acts. Pass Nitro's Law, and let's start holding these people accountable.

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8jtwaldie(3 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Add these conditions to Mr. Croley: lost of any licenses he may possess-business licenses, driving licenses, etc/$500,000 fine and medical expenses paid for ALL of his victims-dead or alive/NO ANIMALS IN HIS IMMEDIATE VACINITY(within a 900 yard radius) FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE/forfeiture of all property-personal and real estate/7 year mandatory jail sentence! OHIO NEEDS TO PUT TEETH IN THEIR LAWS and then they will see animal abuse/fighting decrease

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9cfflick67(5 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Nitro's Law needs to be passed. People who abuse animals are almost always involved in other criminal activity. Companion animals were bred by man to be our companions and are dependent on us. Because of this we should be more responsible to them and protect them by punishing those who harm them more strongly than we do!

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10ohioanimallover(18 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Giving him the 3 years without dogs was a TREAT! It's disgusting how he was NEVER ONCE checked on! He still had dogs from his previous home, that HE STARVED along with the other dogs. Now that he broke the law AGAIN, he should NEVER be allowed around dogs! Then again who would even check? Because the law enforcement there is CRAP!

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11eaglespirit(5 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

There is no accountability in this case! It has turned into a BAD JOKE!!! What do people expect from a person who has no conscience and willfully starves animals?!! A SLAP ON THE HAND DOESN'T WORK FOR PSYCHOPATHS!!!!!

As far as I am concerned the judge who pronounced the first sentence for this Piece of Crap (Croley) is no better than Croley himself!! If I were a judge I would try to get the laws changed so animal abusers would be punished with felonies! The prosecutors, judges and lawmakers in Ohio are ignorant and just don't give a damn!!!! THEY need to be voted OUT!!!!

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12merley8(1 comment)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Doesnt the judge realize that persons were also harmed in this action? If he truly does not care about what happened to the dogs in this case, he is supposed to protect people from grievous harm to "property" and fraud, both of which occurred.
Ohio lawmakers - they are definitely a bunch of wusses passing for professionals. Professional wusses who are afraid of someone suggesting that they have moral decency. Are these elected officials? They have no moral compass, they are supposed to have responsibility for maintaining the public peace, not furthering outlaws who commit violent crimes then give everyone the finger.

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13Paige42986(3 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

I am ashamed to live in a state that takes animal cruelty so lightly. Pass Nitro's Law so that trash like Steve Croley will never be able to hurt animals again. The animals were not only hurt but the owners were also. Our Representatives have failed the animals and the owners of dogs and cat abused by cruelty over and over again. We have to have laws in place that protect our animals from the likes of men like Steve Croley. When will they finally listen to use and pass nitro's law once and for all

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14AOSPCA(14 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Probation officers in the surrounding counties are generally law enforcement officers, that also serve as court bailiff's and are trained and do carry guns. Perhaps if Youngstown doesn't have qualified people to serve as probation officers, they should seriously re-evaluate their hiring standands to limit those applying to be a probation officer have those qualifications, and in the meanwhile, simply pick up the phone and call the law enforcement agency to assist, but NO MORE EXCUSES for NOT supervising defendants that are on "supervised" probation.

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15AOSPCA(14 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

and... where are the violation of probations for moving without telling his probation officer, transporting dogs with a local rescue person (harboring surely in a vehicle) and the violation for his 2010 OVI criminal case where he also got 12 months probation in another municipality? He was only violated for owning/harboring, and has earned more violation of probation charges in addition. Bring those charges on...

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16DERGH11(3 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Steve Croley is a very arrogant man if he thinks he is entitled to enjoy the ownership of his own animals after he starved the dogs entrusted to him at his kennel, including Nitro. He was given simple orders not to own animals as a part of his probation, and true to nature, he arrogantly ignored them.

He killed eight dogs out of the 19 or more he had in his care. He let them suffer and starve, no food, no shelter inside the kennels. They clawed at the concrete, trying to escape the torture he put them through.

Do not let him get away with violating his probation. He should not be able to enjoy the company of his own animals while those who believed in him and entrusted their pets to his care have to suffer without their company permanently because of him. How cruel and uncaring he must be to think he deserves the rights he took away from others.

Do NOT let him forget what he is on probation for. Now he should have that option taken away permanently, along with an additional amount of time served in jail for his violation.

D. Ergh
Rittman, Ohio 44270

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17eaglespirit(5 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Steve Croley is a typical psychopath.

He needs to be locked up for a very long time. Not months, but YEARS!!

And, like a child molester being banned from being around children -
He should be banned from owning any animals - PERMANENTLY!!

Then, Nitro's Law should be enacted.
HB 108 would make companion animal abuse a felony!

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18lovesanimals(4 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Why would a so called 'rescue' allow him to transport dogs?? This doesn't make too much sense to me. I wouldn't want him in a vehicle with one of my dogs.

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19BUMBLES(3 comments)posted 4 years, 5 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,

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20lramirez2(2 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

We need Nitro's Law - felony charges for these abusers - and our judiciary to hold offenders accountable - not give them a slap on the wrist and virtual invitation to continue as if they were innocent of a crime! Anyone who has ever had a pet and read about Nitro knows we need this law - to include our so-called representatives that are ignoring our pleas for justice. For this man to blatently and boldly ignore his probation is a perfect example of how weak Ohio's law enforcement is for these offenders. Lock him up - and pass Nitro's Law!!!

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