Thank Ohio for Making Animal Abuse a Felony

Target: Ohio Governor John Kasich

Goal: Commend Ohio Governor John Kasich for signing an important law to make animal abuse a felony

Recently, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed Nitro’s law, which is an important bill that was originally drafted a few years ago to seek justice for a dog that died at a kennel. The dog, Nitro, was a beautiful and beloved Rottweiler raised in a loving family, but a family crisis caused the family to look for a kennel to keep Nitro while they traveled. After doing extensive research and numerous trips to the facility, the family decided on High Caliber K-9 day care and boarding, an establishment that was recommended by their breeder.

The family was told it would be like “Puppy Camp.” They trusted owner Mr. Croley to take care of Nitro. Unfortunately, when they left Nitro there, it was the last time they would see Nitro alive. Animal Charity humane agents were called to High Caliber K-9 day care when an owner of a dog notified Animal Charity that she was unable to get in touch with Mr. Croley. Sadly, the agents found Nitro and six other dogs decaying and 12 others in serious states of malnutrition and dehydration.

Even though Mr. Croley was responsible for killing seven dogs and neglecting twelve others, he walked away with charges that had been dropped from 19 counts to 4 counts, and they were all misdemeanors. Animal abusers like Mr. Croley should not get away with just misdemeanors. By signing Nitro’s law, Ohio governor John Kasich is taking a great step in the right direction to crack down on animal abuse in kennels. No longer can kennel owners, operators and employees get away with misdemeanors for severely mistreating animals. Sign the petition to thank Ohio Governor John Kasich for making such horrific crimes against animals be counted as felonies.


Dear Ohio Governor John Kasich,

Ohio consistently ranks near the bottom of the list in animal rights and protections. A couple of years ago, a grieving family proposed a bill to crack down on animal abuse in Ohio. They had unexpectedly lost their beloved dog Nitro, a beautiful Rottweiler, when they dropped him off at High Caliber K-9 day care and grooming. When the family had to travel to deal with a family emergency, they had already done extensive research on High Caliber K-9, which was also recommended to them by their breeder. Little did they know that Nitro would breathe his last breath there.

Animal Charity humane agents were called to High Caliber K-9 when a pet owner could not contact Mr. Croley, the owner of High Caliber K-9. The agents found seven dead dogs. Nitro was among them. There were also 12 other dogs that were severely dehydrated and malnourished. Mr. Croley got away with killing seven dogs and neglecting twelve. He was only charged with 19 counts of misdemeanor, which were lowered to four counts. Thank you for passing Nitro’s law to make animal abuse a felony now. No one should get away with killing animals. You just helped make getting away with animal abuse that much harder in Ohio.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Sheila Dillon GGma Sheila says:

    Finally someone is willing to step up and make animal abuse a felony. It is a heinous crime to abuse any animal. If someone abuses animals, it isn’t much of an extension to abusing humans. That’s been proven.

  2. Chiley~♬ Chiley~♬ says:

    Yes! Thank you Ohio! I kind of wish the petition letter showed a bit more gratitude, though. These type of “petitions” to thank the people who have done the right thing are just as important as the ones trying to convince others for something wrong. Ever wondered what it would be like to be an official making these decisions? I’m pretty sure even these laws have their opposers and critics.
    Signing these petitions to thank the people who have done the right thing is still very important. Every petition letter sent and received by, in this case, Ohio Governor John Kasichmost likely relieves a lot of stress and makes him realize that he truly did a right thing.
    Please, sign this. Show your support for this law and make sure it doesn’t get repealed.

  3. Alexandra Williams says:

    Thank you!

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