I heard this same lame "oh I don't know if I can support this bill because it would make stronger laws for animals than people!" response from my Republican State Rep when I first approached her asking for her support of HB108. Which tells me this is a generic Republican EXCUSE for not bothering to do the right thing for Ohio's companion animals. Clearly there are many many felony options when crimes are committed against children. The laws that he is referring to are first offense child abuse or domestic violence, which obviously aren't used when someone is murdered. Animals have ONE option, no matter if they're starved to death or beaten to death or skinned alive. A misdemeanor. Please stop acting like we are too stupid to figure that out. This bill should have passed. I know there was enough Senate support after it passed Senate Committee because I personally talked to every Senate option in this state. (Soon-to-be former) Senator Niehaus never responded at all and neither did my own (soon-to-be-former) Senator Wagoner. From my point of view their Senate "legacy" now includes apathy towards animal cruelty. This is not cutting-edge legislature. It doesn't even begin to bring us in line with most of the rest of the country. I am personally glad you are both leaving the Ohio Senate. Perhaps the next round of legislators will take a few minutes to care about animal law. Be assured though if you ever choose to run for office we will remind people of the choice you made here.
December 14, 2012 at 11:07 a.m.
I am really tired of some of our esteemed Senators misrepresenting this bill and Ohio law. IF they are truly concerned that SOME instances of child abuse or domestic violence are misdemeanors, then perhaps they can get to work re-writing those laws. The fact is though if someone starves or beats or sets a human on fire, there are a wide variety of laws to choose from for prosecution. Nearly every other state in this country has managed to pass first offense felony laws against companion animal cruelty but a handful of OH Senators can't be bothered with what the voters want to see in this state. Thank you, Sen Hite and others for standing up for what is right. As far as Sen Neihaus and the last few hold-outs, I would certainly not want to be on the wrong side of this bill if I were running for re-election and a case of severe cruelty showed up in my district. The general public hates these stories and they will certainly consider those who seem to not care when they place their votes.
May 24, 2012 at 11:45 a.m.
Even with his long history of seriously sick abuse, including stealing dogs, he was sentenced to "time served" and a year's probation in Jan. If Judge Douglas EVER took crimes against animals seriously, these puppies and whatever other animals he harmed in last few months would have been saved. He should have been put away at that time. And of course these are just the times he's been caught, Let's hope perhaps someone will NOW see he needs to be off the streets, or should we wait until he happens across an unattended child?
February 17, 2012 at 10:42 a.m.
True, every word of it!!!
February 15, 2012 at 10:36 p.m.
The research and professionals simply agree with what COMMON SENSE tells the rest of us: there is something seriously wrong with anyone would would torture puppies or rape dogs or sit in their house and do nothing while a kennel full of helpless dogs starves to death in his backyard. The general public wants these crimes taken more seriously. Many of our elected officials can't be bothered to REPRESENT us and make changes to Ohio laws. Contact your elected rep and find out where they stand on Nitro's Law and then call Rep Batchelder and ask what IS the hold up? Bring this bill to a vote. NOW.
February 8, 2012 at 3:06 p.m.
Thanks for writing this, I agree with everything you've said here. It is truly appalling that the "justice" system bent over backwards to allow Croley to circumvent what little "punishment" he got to begin with and live with his dogs again. All he had to do all along was round up a woman to hide behind and it was all null and void? My sincere advice to Judge Douglas is that he find some time to volunteer in a shelter when he finally retires, Perhaps then he will understand that these aren't "just dogs" and why this matters.
January 16, 2012 at 10:13 a.m.
Briefly the bill would create a felony option for kennel owners LIKE CROLEY who abuse or kill the animals in their care. At this time Ohio has NO felony options for first-time offenders, no matter how horrendous the abuse. Which is one of the reasons why he got off so easy for what he did. At this time the bill has passed House Committee and needs to go for full house vote, Let your state rep know we need that to happen NOW! And thanks for your interest..
January 12, 2012 at 8:30 p.m.
"Nelson admitted the animals — three dogs and one cat — appeared to be in good condition when found and were not taken from the home."
Isn't this the most important thing ?"
The dogs he starved to death were in good condition too, before he let them all die slow horrible deaths in his own backyard, by not giving them access to ANY FOOD or WATER. Ohio law didn't make him pay for that crime, and even his original sentence allowed him to have dogs again in 3 years. He couldn't be bothered to wait even that long. But hey! That's OK with Judge Douglas and his so-called probation officers.
January 12, 2012 at 2:38 p.m.
What a complete joke. I'm sure they'd already met when she "acquired" 2 dogs, while involved with a convicted animal abuser. You'd think she could hold off for less than a year to assure her new husband wouldn't get in trouble with the court. Shame on the previous probation officer too, for not caring about the intent of his probation. And shame on Judge Douglas for not allowing other relevant evidence and for allowing Croley to once again thumb his nose at the entire justice system. Other people's dogs went home in a body bag but he can still feed his.
January 12, 2012 at 5:54 a.m.
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???
January 11, 2012 at 3:57 p.m.