Ohio Residents: Support HB 70 – “Nitro’s Law”

Posted by Stephen Wells, ALDF's Executive Director on May 19, 2010

In October 2008, law enforcement authorities found dead and starving
dogs locked inside filthy kennels at Steve Croley’s High Caliber K-9
“training facility” in Youngstown. Seven dogs had died terrible deaths
by starvation, and 12 others were discovered alive but severely
emaciated. Ohio’s current felony anti-cruelty law is applicable only on
second and subsequent offenses
. With no felony provision available
to them, prosecutors charged Croley with misdemeanor
animal cruelty. Croley pleaded no contest, and in January
2009 he was sentenced
to four months in jail with credit for 13
days served.

The Croley case illustrates all-too-well the inadequacy of Ohio law on
this front.

"Nitro" was one of the dogs who died so cruelly at High Caliber K-9, and
HB 70 – sponsored by representatives Ronald Gerberry and Robert Hagan –
is also known as "Nitro’s Law." This bill seeks to allow prosecutors
the option of filing felony charges in cases like Nitro’s. It was
approved by Ohio’s House of Representatives in February 2010, and is
currently being considered by the Senate.

Ohio Residents: Take Action!
Contact your senator through ALDF’s website, and encourage him
or her to support
HB 70. Please also take the time to thank those representatives who voted in favor of HB 70 in the House (choose
"details" to see votes by name). Let
them know that as a voting constituent you expect them to consider
animal cruelty issues in earnest, and that you appreciate their efforts
toward strengthening Ohio’s animal protection laws. Please note: you
must enter a valid Ohio address to complete this action.


11 thoughts on “Ohio Residents: Support HB 70 – “Nitro’s Law”

  1. franzua says:

    definitivamente la Crueldad Contra Animales Los Demasiada es, de de no se dan Cuenta Hijo Seres vivos Que Que tambien merecen respeto “” Por Su Vida …. Que Falta de Respeto de las Naciones, Unidas Contra Servicios vivo.franzua

  2. ingrid jacobs says:

    cruelty and a wanton neglect of animals is truly an unforgivable and digusting phenomina..especially in our well eduated and aware society..remember? we “are our brother’s keeper..” let us please extent this to our fourfooted friends who have no defense against us..and who love us unconditionally…and have laid down their lives in order protect us..

  3. Amy Hutchins says:

    I’m ashamed that this is just one more animal atrocity to add to the list that have come from my own home state. I’m even more ashamed that there aren’t better laws in place to deal with these sub-humans that commit the heinous acts. Wake up, law makers. If a person can commit such an act against animals, do you really think they are going to be much different with people?

  4. PJ says:

    This law needs to pass. Our animals need protection, especially when they are brought somewhere that is supposed to be helping them. This case is just unbelievable.

  5. amy green says:

    This law absolutely needs to pass. It is disgusting that people who treat animals cruelly face little to no punishment!

  6. Kimberly Kruse says:

    People SUCK!!! I say an eye for an eye…Animals are GODS gift to us :)

  7. Teresa says:

    things never change. Years ago in N.C. my dog was stolen I found Chen and along with him many others. As the judge stated as he held up a picture of a beagle in a tub with his bones sticking thru his flesh it is one of the worse cases he had seen…you know them people never had to do one day in jail for abusing and killing many many animals. It all needs to change and starting with one case may just wake people up to stay away from animals if they can’t give to them the unconditional love they give to us. If people know it is a high price to pay they may think twice. us people that would like a peaceful place to live need to take back what is ours and the laws need to change to protect all the innocence of the world. The Great Spirit gave us these gifts, we need to cherish and take care of them…

  8. lois jackson says:

    You are so right Teresa! The people need to get up off thier carcusses and Demand Animal protection laws! These so called limp imitations for animal abuse laws need to be thrown in the fire!

    We need to elect some officials on the state and national levels that will actually swear to introduce, enact and enforce real animal protection legislation, and these wannabe officials should have to sign a documented statement, that they will do so before they are even considered for election!

    Lois Jackson, Lufkin Texas.

  9. KER says:

    THINGS NEED TO CHANGE, THIS IS EVIL, HE SHOULD HAVE GONE TO JAIL FOR 20 YRS FOR MURDER, MIND I WOULD RATHER PUT HIM IN THE CAGE AND STARVE HIM TO DEATH, SEE WHAT IT FELT LIKE, COMPLETE JOKE HE ONLY DID A FEW DAYS IN JAIL, ROT IN HELL CROWLEY

  10. Patty Nichols says:

    This law, without a doubt, is much needed. I hope all animal lovers will let it be known that this cruelty has GOT to be stopped.

  11. Deborah Duval says:

    I firmly believe that someone who will hurt an animal who has no real control over it’s life or means to defend itself against a man, is just as likely to do so to a child. So even if you are not an animal lover, laws need to be amended and this kind of behavior discouraged or it could be your child next, a defenseless animal is just a step on the ladder towards a defenseless child.