Steve Croley has shown an utter disregard for the lives of animals he was paid to care for, and now has shown a complete disregard for Judge Douglas' ruling. Croley should be given the maximum sentence allowed of 600 days, as is being recommended by the Prosecuting Attorney in this case, and should never again be permitted to possess an animal.
Croley was paid well to care for the animals entrusted to him at his training facility, High-Caliber K9. He betrayed the trust of the innocent animals entrusted to him, not to mention his PAYING clients. Eight of the animals died due to his complete lack of regard. He claimed he could not afford to feed them, despite the fees being paid to him in advance, and he never tried to contact owners to pick up their animals. He lived within yards of where these animals suffered and died. He heard their cries, yet he did nothing. In fact, according to reports, he even removed food and water bowls from Nitro's kennel. This signals intent to me. He allowed their agony to continue until their cries were silenced by their deaths. I would say that this behavior alone proves that he is a danger to any animal that is in his possession.
Part of his sentence was that he was not to possess any companion animals during his probation period. Yet, just before his probation was up, he was found to be in possession of three dogs. This man has not only shown a complete disregard for the suffering of those entrusted to him, he has now proven that he scoffs at the law, at the Courts, and at you, sir, who sentenced him in his first case. Croley has shown himself to be unworthy of possessing his freedom. He is a danger to any animal in his care, he and may be a danger to society as it is well known that most serial killers began by torturing and killing animals. Simply put,Croley should face the maximum sentence allowed by law and should never be permitted to possess any animal in his lifetime.
January 11, 2012 at 5:23 a.m.
Croley is a liar, a killer---a deliberate killer, and he must be stopped. Those three dogs very well could have been his newest victims. Nitro's Law MUST be passed and felony charges should be able to be filed against anyone abusing/killing an animal. Serial killers start out by torturing and killing animals. Ohio laws MUST be changed to protect innocent lives---yesterday!
December 21, 2011 at 4:04 p.m.