Ohio HB 70 – 2011 Update: Help Pass Nitro’s Law and Make Animal Cruelty a Felony

This is serious.

This Bill desperately needs to pass in 2011. I have no idea why it didn’t, and I’m astonished that it didn’t, that it fizzled in the Senate in 2010 after passing in the House.

Nitro’s owner is an internet friend of mine, and I will do anything in my power to assist in the passage of this Bill.

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 from starvation, and 12 others were discovered alive but severely emaciated and neglected. And this guy ran a “training facility” right?

And unfortunately, it’s not just Steve Croley. It’s everywhere. It’s the guy who dumped three starving puppies into a trash bin behind a 7-11 in Brecksville. It’s the woman who says she runs a rescue in southern Ohio yet has been arrested TWO times for animal cruelty and still remains a rescue owner. It’s the Ohio dairy farm worker who beat his cows and got off the hook.

It’s the assholes like this who oppose it and send gobs of money to officials to vote against it.

The current Ohio 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. He got out early and went back to his training facility.

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This guy is walking around freely after he killed seven people’s beloved precious dogs. How is that right? How is that justice? What in THE HELL is wrong with the government officials, no names being named here, who let this go? Or those who voted against it? For Christ’s sake it’s the third go-round for HB 70 in the House. Someone please tell me what their argument or logic was because I’ve been trying to understand and constructing plausible anti-positions in my head and I just can’t think of any that are applicable or appropriate.

The Croley case illustrates the complete inadequacy of Ohio law in terms of animal welfare as well as the government’s inability to get anything done these days.

Ohio is only 1 of 5 states where animal abuse and cruelty is not yet a felony. In 45 states animal abuse is considered a serious felony crime.

We cannot allow this bill to die in committee or House or Senate again. We cannot allow animal abuse to continue and with little to no punishment to those who commit such horrific crimes to our companion animals and the people who love them.

Ohio continues to rank at the bottom on animal protection legislation and this is unacceptable.

Therefore, I’m requesting, with your help, that HB 70 Nitro’s Law passes. Pass House Bill 70 to bring Ohio into the 21st century on animal welfare legislation.

Only through legislation that allows for prosecution of animal cruelty with stronger penalties imposed on those found guilty, will Ohio be a just and compassionate State

To join the movement, go here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/NITRO-FOUNDATION/342264762732?ref=mf

Please write to your State Representatives in support of House Bill 70 – a list of Representatives can be found here:  http://www.house.state.oh.us/index.php?option=com_displaymembers&Itemid=125

To see the full Bill: http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=128_HB_70

10 Responses to “Ohio HB 70 – 2011 Update: Help Pass Nitro’s Law and Make Animal Cruelty a Felony”

  1. Jennnifer J says:

    Screw the opposition. Those poor dogs died for no sensible reason. This might be the most important animal welfare issue to hit Ohio recently besides puppy mills, which you so generously have covered on this blog. Ill send a letter and call the senators and email them. Thanks for posting this update to bill 70, I hadnt heard about it awhile and will let people know whats up.


  2. Mike says:

    Thanks for this update. I too was wondering where we stood with Nitros Law and hadnt recently seen an update. Glad its up again, and hope it passes. cheers

  3. Angela says:

    Thanks for the update JL. I will def pass this on, go Nitros Law!

  4. Michella says:

    Cool, glad this is up for a vote again and what the hell is wrong with ohios senate that they squashed it last time? I mean, its so common sense to pass something that helps animals, i cant understand it either. are animals just not important to these stupid politicians or is the opposition you mention lining their pockets? its so difficult with politics. I say pro Nitro and feel horrible for your friend who lost him. Hope it passes.

  5. It is our hope (as is the case with HB 14 and HB 25), that Nitro’s Law will be reintroduced, reviewed and passed into the 129th Ohio General Assembly.

    We are encouraging everyone to attend 2011 Ohio Companion Animal Lobby Day in Columbus on April 6 from 9-2 PM. We will be hitting the halls of the state capitol to advocate for bills and ballot initiatives (includes all the bills mentioned above) to address issues impacting the welfare of companion animals that are occurring right here in Ohio.

    The day will be action packed – a briefing, lobbying, and a press conference, all of which will provide the perfect opportunity for us to urge state legislators to recognize animal cruelty, dog auctions, puppy mills and breed-specific legislation as serious issues and take action to effectively address them in Ohio. And – you don’t need to be an expert in lobbying to take part! There are many new legislators in Ohio as well as incumbents, who do not yet know that Ohio is only one of four states which do not have a subsequent-offense or first offense felony animal cruelty law and has enacted statewide breed-specific legislation. And many may not be aware that Ohio has the only dog auction east of the Mississippi which attracts buyers and sellers from 15 states, many of whom have long standing, repeated violations of the Animal Welfare Act or have been convicted of animal cruelty.

    Watch for more details this coming week!

  6. What sort of gross, demented community have we developed? These folks should get the complete level of the laws.

  7. […] dealt with stiffer animal cruelty punishment. The bill has been reintroduced in 2011 and is called Nitro’s Law. (Blogger’s note: Let’s hope this year’s Ohio politicos have more backbone and conscience. […]

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  9. Fraggirl says:

    I just happened to run across this post after signing a petition about another abuse case. Did this bill pass?

  10. Nora says:

    Please update this Web Page for 2012 so I can share it on my facebook (or direct me to another page to share:) Thank you for the nice website. Animal Cruelty SHOULD be a felony in Ohio!!

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