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Nitro’s Law again clears Ohio House

Published: Thu, February 16, 2012 @ 12:09 a.m.

Bill that targets kennel operators who abuse animals heads to Ohio Senate

By Marc Kovac



The Ohio House signed off Wednesday on legislation allowing increased criminal penalties against kennel owners who abuse pets in their care.

The final vote on House Bill 108, titled Nitro’s Law in memory of a dog that starved to death while in the care of a Youngstown-area kennel, was 78-9, and the legislation heads to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

It’s the second time in recent years that the bill has made it out of the House. There’s no guarantee that the Ohio Senate will act on it.

“It’s been a long way for Nitro,” said state Rep. Ronald Gerberry of Austintown, D-59th.

He added, “I know that people across this country and in particular, the owners of Nitro, who live in Manhattan, would be very pleased if we passed this.”

Nitro was a Rottweiler who was among more than a dozen dogs found dead or dying from extreme neglect in 2008 at the High Caliber K-9 kennel on Coitsville-Hubbard Road, owned and operated by Steve Croley.

Croley faced only four misdemeanor convictions as a result of the incident and subsequently filed for bankruptcy, avoiding additional civil penalties.

HB 108, sponsored by Gerberry and Rep. Bob Hagan of Youngstown, D-60th, would make it illegal for kennel owners, managers or employees to abuse or neglect pets in their care. Those found guilty of doing so could face felony charges, and judges could place limitations on their future ability to operate kennels.

“If you are a kennel owner or you work for a licensed kennel in the state of Ohio and you ... knowingly torture, kill, starve, maim, beat, poison [a companion animal], then the prosecutor of the city or the prosecutor of the county will have the opportunity to then prosecute at a fifth-degree felony,” Gerberry said.


1Jtb88(2 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/22... Please adopt!!!! Beautiful Rottweiler from Carroll County Dog Pound!

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2Annie53(21 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

This law falls short of what is needed.

It will do absolutely nothing to stop 99% of the animal abuse cases out there.

Case in point: All of the recent dog abuse cases in Youngstown would not be affected by this law. These offenders, if caught, will walk away with a mere slap on the wrist.

Ohio's lawmakers should be ashamed that they still haven't introduced and passed legislation that makes animal abuse a felony.

Let's just continue to ignore the problem......let these ghouls torture animals.....let them practice their "craft"....until they are ready to graduate from animals to children.


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