Steve Croley found not guilty of his probation for having dogs

YOUNGSTOWN — Dozens of supporters for a change in state law making certain acts of animal cruelty a felony rallied in downtown Youngstown as the man at the center of their outcry was found not guilty of a probation violation for previous animal-cruelty convictions.

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

Croley, three years ago, was found guilty of four counts of animal cruelty, placed on probation and ordered not to own or harbor any animals.

Two blocks from the courthouse dozens of people wore T-shirts and carried signs asking passing motorists to honk in support of 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. Nitro was one of the dogs that died.

For the complete story, read Thursday's Vindicator and

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