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Steve Croley found not guilty of his probation for having dogs

Published: Wed, January 11, 2012 @ 3:16 p.m.

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.

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1Ginger76(178 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

This is absolutely pathetic.

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


NO JUSTICE for dogs in Ohio.

At some point our Judiciary will stop making a mockery of animal cruelty - unfortunately it won't begin with Judge Douglas.

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

Shame on Judge Douglas for allowing Croley to once again thumb his nose at the justice system. Clearly the intent of probation was to keep him from OWNING ANIMALS, otherwise why not just say "hey do what you want, just don't buy a home!" I certainly hope the voters remember Judge Douglas not only doesn't care about animals, he doesn't care about justice either. What is it going to take, Ohio???

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4rabbit66(20 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago


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5AtownAugie(891 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

The rain this afternoon likely is coming from the tears of dogs in heaven weeping over this repulsive ruling.

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6ElPolloRetrasado(212 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

I'm a huge dog fan but you people are dolts! Face the facts, the judge did the only thing he could do. The house is not owned by the criminal so legally he is not breakig his probation. Plain and simple! How can you blame the judge?! Morons!

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7CassAnn(252 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Like the punishment he got or not, you are stuck with what state law was at the time and what the judge handed down to him. If he found a loophole in the law that allows him to own dogs, then the judges hands are tied until the laws are changed. I am not saying its fair, but it is what it is. Our prisons are over populated and we have people who commit much worse crimes running loose because there is no where to put them. That is reality.

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8rabbit66(20 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

AND the reason the judge had no other option was because..... the people who were supposed to prosecute Croley a) didn't show up or b) testified FOR him.


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9ytown_kills_me(67 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

well i think my screen name says it all...only in this crap of a town ...only in this crap of a town....well maybe vote them out as everyone says but never does

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10ElPolloRetrasado(212 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

rabbitt66, are you an idiot? The law is the law no matter how many prosecutors are there too prosecute! He did nothing illegal! There was no testifying, nor anyone not showing up that caused the not guilty charge, there was however the fact that as the law states he was not doing anything wrong!!! How is that justice?!?!?! Injustice is the fact that idiots like you are allowed to speak and type!

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11AOSPCA(14 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

This proceeding was an embarrassment to the judicial system as a whole. It was an ex-parte preceeding, with the party that had the burden of proving the allegations absent from the proceedings entirely in the beginning, then when appeared, did so merely as a WITNESS for the DEFENSE

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12rabbit66(20 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

elpollo- the scales of justice are to be BALANCED. If there is only ONE side, that isn't a balance....and there was only ONE side heard this morning.

I am not arguing the LAW.

and I would beg to differ that he "did nothing illegal".
He was "doing nothing illegal" because no one was there to prove otherwise.

and there is no need to resort to childish name calling, unless, of course, that is the best you can come up with. (which, given your previous comments, must be.)

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13rabbit66(20 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

And please, If you are going to insult me and call me names, it's RABBIT66. not two Ts.

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14ytown_kills_me(67 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

understood lanacek, however the entire area as a whole is a lost cause ....soooo i lump all the burbs together....craptown as i like to call the area........geography police are trolling...next will be the grammar police ...lol.have a nice day . :)

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