Target: All Ohio State Representatives
Goal: To see Nitro’s Law (HB-108) passed, changing animal abuse in Ohio from a misdemeanor to a felony
Animal abuse happens everyday and more often than most of us care to think about. Many states have strict laws when it comes to punishing these abusers, often this punishment consists of the person or people in question being convicted of a felony. However, such is not the case in Ohio. In fact, they consistently rank near the bottom of the list when it comes to animal rights and protections.
Such was the case for poor Nitro. Nitro was a beloved family member along with his furry companion Bella (both were gorgeous Rottweilers). The family had been recommended High Caliber K-9 day care and boarding in Youngstown, by their breeder. They knew Nitro was a higher energy dog and after extensive research on both the facility and the owner, Steven S. Croley, they decided he and his establishment were a perfect fit for their companion. In fact, many trips to the facility left the family pleased.
When a family emergency arose that called for much traveling, they knew they had to find a solution for Nitro, as he could not handle being alone or trapped in a car or plane several times, back and forth. They turned to High Caliber K-9, because Mr. Croley had become a friend, and they trusted him. Little did they know when they left Nitro there, that would be his last visit to High Caliber K-9, and the last time they would see their beloved “Boy” alive.
When Nitro and others were found by Animal Charity Humane agents on October 22 2008, there were 7 canines decaying and 12 others in serious states of malnutrition, dehydration, and illness. The facility was only raided after an owner had called AC and claimed she was unable to get in touch with the owner. Sadly Nitro was among the 7 dead, and all Mr. Croley walked away with was charges that had been dropped from 19 counts to 4 counts, and they were all misdemeanors. Keep in mind, it took over a year for Mr. Croley to serve jail time, and even then it was only 13 days!
Nitro’s family proposed a law that would require animal abuse cases in Ohio to become felonies and not misdemeanors. In 2010, the law lost steam and was dropped off the books. However, in February of this year it was revived by Representative Gerberry, and is now know as Nitro’s Law HB-108. So far, as of the 21st of this month the law passed in the Ohio House Criminal Justice Committee. Now, it must pass the House Floor, Senate Committee, Senate Floor, and the Governor respectively. Ohio animal companions everywhere in the state need this law passed to help ensure Nitro and the others did not die (or suffer) in vain. Contact your local State Representative now, and ask them to support Nitro’s Law HB-108, for animal lovers, and animal companions across the state.
As an animal lover, and animal rights defender, I am asking you to support Nitro’s Law HB-108. No animal should have to suffer cruelty and neglect at the hands of people that both they and their family trusts. Such was the case with Nitro, who was a visitor to High Caliber K-9 in Youngstown on several occasions. He and his family trusted Mr. Croley, and he abused that trust the moment he started neglecting Nitro (and the others), which eventually led to Nitro’s death.
Nitro’s family will never again know the sweet gentleness that was Nitro; neither will any of the other families that lost their companions at the hands of Mr. Croley. Nitro and his canine companions will never again play in the yard, take long walks, or spend time with their human family members. Their lives were taken forever, and all Mr. Croley received was 4 counts of animal cruelty as a misdemeanor, and 13 days in jail. At the end of this, he walked away a free person with his whole life yet to live.
Don’t make the deaths of these 7 canines and the 12 others that were in a state of seriously ill health have suffered in vain. Animal abuse is a crime, and it should be treated as seriously as any human crime. After all, these canines were not just pets they were members of someone’s family. I ask you to look at your animal companions and ask what you would do, if you had been in the situation that Nitro’s human parents were. Taking that into consideration, I ask you again to please see justice served, and support the passage of Nitro’s Law HB-108.
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