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STARVING for JUSTICE

By Louie b. Free (Contact)


Published January 10, 2012

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This Wednesday,11 January 2012,  Steve Croley is to  appear, AGAIN, in front of Judge Douglas at  Y-town City Court . Croley obviously didn't care about the court's orders to not have dogs.  Come on, you know the Croley case, where Steve Croley had a kennel and turned it into a concentration camp for dogs.....STARVING THEM TO DEATH. 

The man whose animal-cruelty conviction gave birth to a call for change in state law is free on his own recognizance after spending Monday night in jail on a parole violation.

 

Steven Croley, 41, former owner of High Caliber K-9 Kennel on Coitsville-Hubbard Road where seven dogs starved to death in 2008, appeared Tuesday before Judge Robert Douglas of Youngstown Municipal Court via video for arraignment for violating terms of his probation by having three dogs on his Austintown property.

The judge released Croley and ordered him to return to court at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 11.

Quite a few people are going to show up outside of Y-town City Hall to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves... including  Nitro,  who was starved to death at Concentration Camp Croley.

Judge Robert Douglas - thus far - has failed to show any courage in this case. 

Judge Douglas also failed to show any courage when he was involved with the  Mahoning County Criminal Justice (so-called) working  group. What a disapointment that group was to the valley . Come on, you recall, US Federal Judge David Dowd had Atty. Vince Nathan take a close look at our criminal justice system which Nathan described as "dysfunctional"

This from the Vindicator's "How We See It" :

 

The word dysfunctional stands out a mile in the 22-page report on Mahoning County's criminal justice system issued by a federal court-appointed special master overseeing the county jail.

This dysfunction, writes Atty. Vincent M. Nathan of Toledo, has contributed to problems in the jail. And those problems have triggered federal lawsuits on the issue of overcrowding and understaffing. U.S. District Judge David D. Dowd Jr., who appointed Nathan as a fact finder after inmates won a class-action suit in March, is taking steps to ensure the lock-up passes constitutional muster.

In his report, which was to have been distributed to representatives of all the courts in Mahoning County, the sheriff and prosecutor, police in Youngstown, Austintown and Boardman, the county auditor and the Community Corrections Association, Nathan writes that the jail's problems "are the result of a dysfunctional criminal justice system."

Now, Judge Douglas has an opportunity to show the courage that other judges have shown in this community. We all know that Bob Douglas is nearing the  end of his career as judge. It is OBVIOUS that  someone in the  Y-town Probation department FAILED, after REPEATED calls to them, informing Croley's probation officer of his violations. In desperation, those in the know contacted the judge's office directly, other city officials, then us, we, the media have reported these violations......well, some of us have reported them....

The failure of the probation officer -hence: our criminal justice system is inexcusable. We CANNOT  allow the dysfunctional criminal justice system to starve real justice to death as Steve Croley starved Nitro and other dogs to death.

 

 


Comments

1cfflick67(5 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Step up Judge Douglas, this man hasn't learned a thing! He was let off easy and he can't even follow the rules of his probation. What he did is despicable, please give him the maximum for his parole violation. If he couldn't afford to care for dogs he was paid to care for, how is he caring for these dogs?

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2LovesYeshua(3 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Judge Douglas, as an Ohioan I plead Nitro's case to you again. Nitro was left in Steve Croley's care. Steve Croley let Nitro and several other dogs starve to death while he sat inside his warm house. Then to shove it in the face of Nitro's owners and the judicial system here in Ohio, he disobeyed the law again and broke his parole, not to mention that he owns more dogs now and that is against his probation too. Judge Douglas it's time for you to now do the right thing and put Steve Croley in Jail for the longest possible time you can, and to show Ohio that you mean business. Nitro was a loving companion who never should have had his life end in the way it did. Change history for Ohio, put this monster in Jail for a very long time.
Thank you

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3AOSPCA(14 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Our organization sent written communication to both the Judge and the Probation Officer regarding witnesses and evidence in our possession. It was detailed. We hope they contemplated the contents and do the right thing.

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4Deogie(2 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Judge Douglas, Please right the horrific acts commited against these innocent and helpless furbabies! This man not only committed these horrible crimes then claimed bankruptcy. He has manipulated the law long enough. And now he outright thumbs his nose at you and the entire justice system. Please sentence him to the maximum amount allowed by law. Show him.and others that the bench stands for integrity!

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5lantre(1 comment)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

I do not feel the need to explain to you how important it is to stop animal cruelity because the people commiting these CRIMES are the same commiting others. I am sure you are a resonable and smart man, are you going to do the right thing? We are watching and waiting. The community of people who get the significance of animal cruelty is stronger than ever. We want people in positions of power to understand as well. Thank You.

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6mammenchiro(10 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Unfortunately, there are flaws in the criminal justice system, HOWEVER that is not an excuse to stop striving for true justice. This case isn't just about animal cruelity. People whom abuse animals abuse people. It is a proven fact, not to mention that Croley has proven his lack of respect for the courts and civil laws. He should go back to jail AND NEVER BE ALLOWED TO GO NEAR ANOTHER ANIMAL AGAIN.

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7rabbit66(20 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

He's looking at 600 days and he deserves EVERY SINGLE ONE of them.

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8ohioanimallover(18 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

I hope the Judge FINALLY steps up and does SOMETHING RIGHT! The fact that he got a slap on the wrist, then let go--back into the home WITH the dogs--while being in VIOLATION is just sickening! Also, the fact that the PROBATION OFFICER DID NOT EVEN CHECK ON HIM --OR CARE ABOUT INFORMATION GIVEN TO HER REGUARDING THIS CASE IS PREPOSTEROUS!

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9LAshley(1 comment)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

That POS has not, and never could, get what he deserves for what he did to those helpless animals and the pain and suffering he caused them, and for the heartache of their families.
He at the very least deserves to be locked up for the maximum sentence for his parole violation.

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10TYK(2 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Everyone know if you abuse animals you will abuse people. Give this guy the maximum sentence for what he did. Why is the probation officer and the court not doing their job? This guy doesn't deserve to be free after murdering 7 beautiful companion animals! This is why Ohio needs HB 108 to be passed, we should all be ashamed that Ohio has no felony law on the books to protect animals.

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11catgirl26(2 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

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.

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12PadTai(1 comment)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Please step up Judge Douglas and punish this criminal who has shown flagrant disregard for the justice system. He got off so easily the first time that he does not think that he needs to listen to the law and follow his probation. His probation officer should have been checking on him but it would have still resulted in this moment where the cold hard facts are that he has the possession of an animal during his probation which he is not supposed to have. Please look at the facts and punish him for thumbing his nose at Ohio's law system.

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13chowchowgrl(2 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Judge Douglas! You have so much power over life and death, also the power to move Ohio ahead into the 21st century by recognizing that cruelty is immoral, no matter on whom the cruelty is inflicted. Please consider standing up for what is right and taking a stand against cruelty. Nazi concentration camps and Southern lynchings are only a few steps beyond this man's attitude that suffering doesn't matter.

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14micsmms3(4 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

I elect Judge Douglas to do the right thing----- your responsibility is to help protect the citizens- and if irresponsibility, laziness, and simply- if a person is not doing the job they were hired for & is being paid by US..... 'come on.... JUSTICE will never work for Ohio. Judge, this case is already a terrible example of the justice system- please make it right- STEP UP... Do it for the victims that have been cheated in having Justice work in their favor. Stop helping the bad guys........

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15amgolias(8 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Judge Douglas, this man deserves to be back in jail. He keeps breaking the law, and you are the one that upholds the law. He is basically telling you he could care less about what you have to say, or what the law says. He needs to LEARN to obey the law. Please do this for the future protection of the animals he is near. Once a KILLER...always a KILLER!

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16micsmms3(4 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

I say 600 days is lenient----- if that's the maximum, that's what this killer deserves. He has turned his nose up at the system- he's gotten away with multiple counts of MURDER. He deserves to be punished for this. He obviously will continue to do whatever he wants--- Show him that it is not acceptable by any means.

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17TraceyC(1 comment)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Judge Douglas, as an animal advocate I plead Nitro's case to you again. Nitro was left in Steve Croley's care. Steve Croley let Nitro and several other dogs starve to death while he sat inside his warm house. Then to shove it in the face of Nitro's owners and the judicial system here in Ohio, he disobeyed the law again and broke his parole, not to mention that he owns more dogs now and that is against his probation too. Judge Douglas it's time for you to now do the right thing and put Steve Croley in Jail for the longest possible time you can, and to show Ohio that you mean business. Nitro was a loving companion who never should have had his life end in the way it did. Change history for Ohio, put this monster in Jail for a very long time.
Thank you

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18rabbit66(20 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

a TRAVESTY of "justice"..... AGAIN.

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19AOSPCA(14 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

There will be no justice in Courtroom 1 of the Youngstown Municipal Court unless sanctions are in order by the Ohio Bar Association.

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20AOSPCA(14 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

There will be no justice in Courtroom 1 of the Youngstown Municipal Court unless sanctions are via the Ohio Bar Association.

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21lbf(144 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Amid rally for tougher cruelty law, kennel ex-owner Steve Croley acquitted
http://www.vindy.com/news/2012/jan/12...

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