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By Louie b. Free (Contact)

Published December 13, 2012

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So, Senate President, what DO you DO?

It's clear that paedophiles are released back into our communities to re-offend.

OUR legislatures come up with clearly flawed laws that prohibit  convicted sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet from a school .

What does that mean? Well, that we HAD incarcerated someone so dangerous that they cannot be trusted to live within a thousand feet of a school yard. They CAN , however,  live 1001 feet from a school yard,  for example: in an apartment complex where there are children, well, you get the stupidity of the law.

NOW, this,from The Vindicator:

Senate President Tom Niehaus, a Republican from New Richmond, said Wednesday he does not intend to bring up the bill before the end of the lame duck session. The chamber’s last voting session of the year could be today.

“I have concerns with the bill,” Niehaus said. “I continue to look at it, but I don’t expect it to come up. ... We appear to treat abuse of animals and penalize people more for that than we do for the abuse of children. And I think that just doesn’t make any sense.”

Tom Niehaus , in the above quote, CLEARLY points out the weakness of Ohio's laws  regarding the abuse of children. So, instead of doing something about STRENGTHENING our laws on the abuse of children, Tom uses that as his excuse for NOT doing  what's in OUR State's best interest : giving prosecutors the tools to effectively prosecute the abuse of animals.

It's a prosecutorial TOOL,TOM !

Just because I have a power drill  in my tool kit doesn't mean that I need to use it to replace a screw in my eyeglasses.

Neihaus' failure to lead, to raise the bar, to strengthen Ohio's abuse of children's laws, to provide prosecutorial tools on animal abuse, keeps Ohio, not  The Heart of it All, but The Heartbreak of it ALL...


1mdsmeck(12 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Bravo Louie B. Free...Very well stated...

The comments made by Niehaus were baffling, to say the least...What would happen to someone that starves a child to death??? I would surely hope more than a 5th degree felony, which is all Nitro's Law called for in cases of major abuse of our companion animals, such as "knowingly" and "needlessly" killing or severely injuring a companion animal...

I don't get it...These crimes, if committed against humans, would be murder or felonious assault that carry stiff penalties...And I'm not trying to elevate animals to the same plane or above humans, but the crime IS the same, only the victim is changed (human to companion animal)...

So, please tell me how Nitro's law would be penalizing people for animal abuse more than the abuse of children???

And let's be real - Abuse IS Abuse, regardless of who the acts are committed against...It's an age old problem of the strong exploiting the weak...And that's exactly WHY we need to speak out for our voiceless companion animals...

What also amazes me is Niehaus had 8 months to make his opinion known and he waits until the evening prior to the last Senate session, so we cannot counter his opinion...What a coward...

Niehaus never returned one phone call, one email or one letter that his office received and cancelled several appointments with supporters of this bill, as well as interviews with the media...

YES Thomas Niehaus - YOU ARE A COWARD - hiding behind your title as Ohio Senate President...BTW, Who died and made you GOD??? HOW can you speak for the people of Ohio if ONLY your opinion drives your decisions???

Another thing that bothers me is being a so-called democracy, how can one individual or very small group of individuals decide to go against the majority??? I thought a democracy worked the other way around...The Majority is supposed to rule...

So, just were is justice and democracy in our country today??? I bet our forefathers would be turning over in their graves if they knew how our government works these days...

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2LoveaLee(5 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

It is indeed a sad state of affairs. I feel Ohio is a haven for both child and animal abusers. We have a small group of small minded people to thank for this. Animal abusers 97% of the time go on to be human abusers, always someone smaller and weaker than the abuser. Things need to change, and we need to change them

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3michaeldbrennan(1 comment)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Louie B. Free, you have it exactly right.

If the senator thinks that Nitro's Law would make the law tougher on animal abuse than on child abuse (a point I don't concede, but let's assume it is true), then the state of Ohio ought to get tougher on child abuse as well. Killing Nitro's Law served neither.

Of course, I believe the real reasons Sen. Niehaus has killed the bill are unstated. I would only be speculating to list those reasons here.

The message should be clear: If you are going to operate a kennel and take care of companion animals in the state of Ohio, you should be held to a high standard for their care, and face serious consequences if you fail to meet that standard. Instead, the message is, do as you will, for the penalties are of minor consequence.

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4mollylm(16 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

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.

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5wkmtca(1 comment)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

niehaus just did not want to say..'i am in debt to lobbyists that pay me not to ass bills like this'.. he works for the highest bidder as republicans in this state seem to do more than most. ohio is the haven for puppy mills and they are protected by people like niehaus.

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6uselesseater(229 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

I don't know the background on this story, but I wouldn't be surprised IN FACT if the State was placing offenders in communities.

Commonly the offenders are released to halfway style houses and they tend to be in high concentrations there and tend to end up staying in the same area. Why? Often those areas are tolerant of criminality.

There is high probability that government is intentionally placing offenders in areas that increase their likelihood to reoffend. We see this in Youngstown on a steady basis with folks who rob and even kill. We give them 2nd and 3rd chances to do the same thing.

I think the buffer zone around schools should include parks, malls, day care centers and anything else children frequent.

I feel very bad for people wrongly accused and prosecuted who must bear this sort of designation and oversight. For the rest of the offenders, maybe castration should be mandatory for release for captivity?

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