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Senator Niehaus is refusing to send HB108, Nitro's Law to the Senate Floor for a vote even though his office has been inundated with calls and emails asking him to do so. This law would make first offenses for animal abuse in a kennel setting a felony instead of a misdemeanor. Ohio is one of only four states that still has animal abuse offenses as misdemeanors instead of felonies, Please help advocate for this bill if you live in Ohio and you love animals.
Nitro was a 3 year old Rottweiler owned by Liz Raab and Tom Siesto who had Nitro boarded at High Caliber K9 Kennel in Youngstown Ohio. In October 2008, they learned that a total of 19 dogs suffered extreme starvation at the kennel. Eight of them lost their lives; 1 Rottweiler (Nitro), 3 Doberman Pinschers, 1 American Pit Bull Terrier, 1 Border Collie and 2 German Shepherds. After, they learned of the tragedy they were awakened to the nightmare that there was only the possibility of a misdemeanor provision in Ohio Laws.
Ohio continues to rank at the bottom of animal protection legislation. “Although we’ve had support since 2009” Liz Raab said, “thousands of Ohio residents have contacted their legislators advocating for the passage of Nitro’s Law HB108 which would allow for the possibility of a felony provision in cases of abuse, neglect and killing of companion animals in a kennel setting by its owners, operators and employees who are responsible and accountable for caring for other people’s animals.”
Courtesy of Ohio’s outdated and antiquated laws, a further crime and travesty of justice occurred after the original crime; when the owner of the kennel, Steve Croley, was originally charged on 19 counts of animal cruelty for starving 19 dogs, 8 of which died with only misdemeanor penalties regardless of the severity of this horrendous crime. However, due to a legal technicality, 15 of those original 19 charges were dropped and Nitro’s life was one of them.
Nitro Foundation and Nitro’s Ohio Army is working to educate the public.
Call or email Senator Niehaus and tell him to move HB108 to the senate floor immediately. They are in session now.
Thomas E. Niehaus - tel:614-466-8082. emailto:Niehaus@ohiosenate.gov
Thank you for your support!