Ohio Residents: Support HB 70 – "Nitro's Law"
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 by completing the letter below, 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.