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Rally, reward collection for pups found bound, killed downtown Youngstown

Published: Tue, January 31, 2012 @ 10:52 p.m.

Staff report


A downtown rally to promote Nitro’s Law was prompted, in part, by the recent killing of two German Shepherd puppies.

The dead puppies were found around 2 p.m. Monday in a median island on West Federal Street near Western Reserve Transit Authority’s Federal Station, downtown, police said. The puppies were black and brown and had string wrapped around their legs and neck, according to reports.

A half-dozen advocates of House Bill 108, or Nitro’s Law, gathered Tuesday evening at the corner of Federal Street and Wick Avenue in honor of the puppies.

The law would make certain acts of animal neglect a felony. Nitro was one of the dogs that was starved to death in 2008 while in the care of High Caliber K-9 Kennel on Coitsville-Hubbard Road.

Melissa Glancy, of Austintown, said the rally was organized through Facebook by a group of people who already support Nitro’s Law. She said they wanted to give a voice to the dogs that were killed Monday.

“This animal abuse, how it’s escalating, is proof that it should be a felony offense,” she said.

Mike Smeck, of Amhurst, Ohio, said he came to Youngstown for the rally after hearing about the puppies.

“I was just disgusted,” he said. “It’s a terrible thing, what was done to those little puppies. It’s time for Ohioans to stand up and speak out for these animals.”

The Learning Dog Training and Enrichment Center in Hubbard is collecting money for the capture of those responsible for killing the pups.

Money collected will be given to Youngstown Police Department to be used as a reward for information leading to an arrest, according to a news release.

For more information or to donate call 330-534-4990 or stop by The Learning Dog at 757 N. Main St., Hubbard.


1ohioanimallover(18 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Thank you for your continued coverage of the happenings of the Nitro's Law "army". Thankfully, the GSD pups are in a MUCH better place.. hopefully the person(s) involved are cought..and maybe for ONCE in this state, something will be done to show that this is not something our state will tolerate.
Please follow Nitro Foundation HB 70 Law in Ohio to keep up with updates,, rally information, etc!

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2mdsmeck(12 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Ohio is one of ONLY 4 states left that does NOT have an animal abuse first offense felony law, the others being Pennsylvania, Iowa and Alaska...WHY is Ohio ALWAYS at the tail end of everything??? Please make that call to 614-466-8140 and le...t Speaker Batchelder KNOW that YOU, as an Ohio Voter, WANT to see HB108/Nitro's Law brought to the floor for a vote...BE the VOICE for the Animals that can't Speak!!! I Thank You and the Animals Thank You, as well...

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3MCousino(1 comment)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Almost every day I see headlines about different animals being abused in one way shape or form in the state of Ohio and it disgust me to think that a state in this country could lack laws that protect animals and basically the legal system is turning a blind eye. I know justice is suppose to be blind but not ignorant. When is Ohio going to get with the times and start punishing these abusers? Why is it so hard to pass a no brainer law like Nitro's law? Do the law makers in Ohio not see that the abuse is escalating since there is no real punishment for such crimes? Please do the right thing get these laws in place. Punish the abusers. Stop this now because let's face it offenders of violent crimes against humans start with abusing animals.

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

@long It is a proven fact that animal abusers move on to human victims- by protecting animals, you ARE protecting other innocent victims.

It's a long road and you have to start somewhere.

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5webst102(1 comment)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

I know that making the punishment for crimes like this a felony won't totally fix the problem, but it will sure help some! Every few days I read about this kind of cruelty happening in the state and it makes me sick. Please contact Rep. Batcher and tell him that as a registered voter in Ohio you want HB 108 (Nitro's law) brought to the house floor for a vote. http://www.house.state.oh.us/index.ph... (this link has his contact info).

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

As dispiciable as what was done to these puppies is, it is just one case in what is way too many cases of animal abuse in Ohio. It seems until our legislature begins to listen to our pleas and enacts tougher laws, Ohio will continue to be seen as being much too tolerant of these criminals and animals will continue to be tortured and killed.

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7rabbit66(20 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Even if these monsters are caught, they only face misdemeanor charges. Essentially, a parking ticket, or public drunkenness. No big deal, the victims are "just dogs", right? What happens when these jerks move on to children? or the elderly?

After every horrific story, everyone says, "How can someone do that? Terrible... Horrible...Something should be done!"

"Something" IS being done, and YOU can "do something" too.

HB108 will allow the possibility of FELONY charges for animal abusers.

It takes 30 seconds to say "I'm an Ohio voter, and I am calling to urge Mr. Batchelder to move HB108 onto the floor for a vote!" 614-466-8140

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