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Animals  (tags: ohio, animal cruelty, petitions, nitro, 6 other dogs, starved to death, horrific cruelty, legalisation, punishment )

- 3039 days ago -
For purposes of keeping this short, we will give you a quick synopsis of what has happened to our family. When our first Rottweiler, Kato, died (due to old age) we knew that we needed to try and give another dog the loving, caring and affection


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Ethan C. (0)
Monday November 22, 2010, 10:00 pm
People make me ill.

Francisco Carvalho (106)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 3:23 am

. (0)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 5:24 am
So so sad. Words of comfort are worthless in these cases.

These are the situations when one feels tempted to get a gun and use it......but we must resist at all costs.

Maria p (151)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 6:01 am
sad sick and I am in tears over this one!!!!!!!!!how awful!!!!!!!! and heartbreaking

Nancy M (185)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 12:31 pm
How sad!

Angel Thomason (0)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 12:33 pm
Why in the world are the people behind this in jail? How could anyone be so cruel to animals.

Jen S (121)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 12:53 pm
I've encountered people of his ilk in years of loving my generations of Dobes. Nitro's story is typical of these expensive and brutal idiots, who market themselves aggresively to owners, often neophyte owners, of large breeds, and of the utterly useless animal cruelty laws in the American MIdwest. This cretin probably paid for an extremely expensive criminal attorney-with the blood of the dogs he killed and the tears of their owners, an unmotivated prosecutor pled the case down to maintian his conviction statistics adn this family is victimized again by the legal system. I grieve with this family, and if I voted in Ohio, my mission in life would be the replacement of the prosecutor and whatever ADA who agreed tothis plea bargain.

wendy w (47)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 1:07 pm
How sad. This man is guilty of murder. Too bad he can't be charged for it.

Cindy C (125)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 1:14 pm

Karen E. (0)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 1:25 pm
Not o sound judgmental toward the owners, but, if I read the article correctly Nitro was left with this man over 2 yrs. ago and that is when they all had dinner and the trainer seemed like a good guy. I absolutely agree the trainer is an a---ole and should be fried. But I wonder why the owners left their dog for so long, and apparently weren't checking on him regularly.

Catherine Turley (192)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 1:58 pm
i think the owners are nearly as repugnant. paying breeders to make more puppy mill dogs, then abandoning a dog they claim to care about.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 2:46 pm
such a senseless tragedy.

diane c (1)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 2:51 pm
I read this story a day or two ago and still do not understand the facts. How long was Nitro there? What was the purpose of the training? Was there any check-up procedure used other than phone conversations? Regardless of the answers to those questions, this man is dangerous. He's lacking something very important in his emotional make-up. What kind of person can bear to watch animals starve to death, dying slowly minute-to-minute? This is a person who should not be allowed to mingle with society.

Patricia A (0)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 3:11 pm
Diane / Karen I am also a little confused. I tried to read everything on the website but I could not get the full picture. This place is hell, these people should be thrown in jail, licensed revoked, put in to rehabilitation program for the violence and brutality, and placed on a alert list. Meaning to place no blame of course (!) but I am just uncertain as to how a place this extreme, and owners so responsible with such deep love for the dog, could have gone unnoticed. I am sure that several tours and observations were taken of this facility before handing your family member over, as well as regular check-ups, was this at another, secret location? How could you not notice the dog's deterioration? Just horrible, my heart goes out most of all to Nitro, who must have been so frightened and confused up until the end. Oh my G-D the whole thing makes me sick.

janet f (29)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 3:20 pm
While I feel horrible for what happened to this poor dog, I have to ask myself, would these people turn their kids over to someone to "train" them and come back at a later date to pick them up without any contact in between? In a million years I would never let someone take my dog for an extended period of time without any contact (just to make sure the dog was ok). Even when my dog was at the vet's for a few days, I would visit every evening. People really need to understand that animals can't phone home or go to the police to say they've been abused. This trainer needs to have done to him what he did to those animals, nothing less. And that family needs to come around to accept their part in the tragedy of what happened. They were the guardian of that dog and ultimately they were responsible for what happened.

Linda P (0)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 3:29 pm
I can't imagine the pain this family feels. When will the laws get strict enough to punish people that do horrific things to animals. It is not "just an animal" it is a living, breathing creature that feels emotions just like you and I. This needs to treated for what it was, cruelty and murder, quit letting people get away with this. They will continue to do this and not only to animals.

. (0)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 4:00 pm
It defies explanation how places like this continue...

Kari D (192)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 4:46 pm
I'vebeen posting this on fb all day :0(

Susan S (187)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 5:04 pm
I just read the comments and didn't even read the story, and it sounds like something I would rather not know about at this moment. I am still crying over the petition about Lucy who was abandoned to drown after being exploited for dog fighting.

Kate K (215)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 5:55 pm
I am so sorry for what happened to your dog. you thought you were doing something good for Nitro and that Steve was like extended family.I am guessing you feel betrayed and maybe that you betrayed Nitro. I can imagine the anguish you must feel. i would be devastated. Occasionally i get into the vigilante mentality and this is one of the (many) times I'd love to see animal people do just that-do some good old fashioned retaliation for crimes like this. There are way too many animals suffering at the expense of heartless and greedy humans.

Gysele van Santen (213)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 8:33 pm
RIP Nitro

Gwen Hillman (11)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 9:52 pm
RIP beautiful dog !!!! You are in a FAR better place now. What gets me here is not just that this gorgeous, gorgeous dog was MURDERED (that is exactly what happened), but can you imagine what he went through, and what was going through his mind. He thought that he had been abandoned by the people that he loved the most in the world, to die alone and in pain. What a heartbreaking story !!

Viv Flegg (18)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 10:07 pm
I cannot believe what happened to Nitro. This man is absolutely insane. He needs to be locked up so he cannot do this to another dog - EVER! RIP Sweet Nitro!

Justin R (0)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 11:34 pm
People like him should be throw in a pit of rattle snakes.

jennifer t (41)
Wednesday November 24, 2010, 1:17 am
The piece of crap that mudered poor Nitro and the other unnamed dogs should be taught a lesson.An eye for an eye.What this piec of crap did to these poor dogs is highly distressing

Angela Gottschalk (0)
Wednesday November 24, 2010, 1:31 am
My heart bleeds for you and for Nitro

Past Member (0)
Wednesday November 24, 2010, 1:42 am
Some dog trainers are not open and honest about their own training. I was given a recommendation to use kennels of a trainer that was said to be 'gifted' in understanding dogs. I even took a few lessons from the man. When I needed to kennel my 2 dogs I had no hesitation in sending them to him because he was known to walk the dogs 4 times a day. BUT, when I last put my dogs in his kennels because of my illness, my older dog was returned to me with a gash over his eye and he was very sick. The dog trainer and kennel man told me that my dog should be put down. I had just come out of hospital and I was grief stricken. The trainer told me my dog was blind, deaf and suffering.

After 2 different vets, one who saw the dog after the kennel, I was told they would not put the dog down. His condition was poor because of age but definitely not life threatening. I was also told he was neither going blind nor was he deaf. He is old.

My point is... I later found out that the trainer trained dogs to kill. He sees weakness in dogs as worthy of death. If I had known who the trainer was I would never have sent my dogs to him.

Check the references of dog handlers. Never blindly accept what someone says about them. They can be cruel and nasty people. Thank goodness the vets saw in my dog what the dog trainer didn't, namely, life and loyalty.

I would love to name this trainer here on the site but he has already been to court against another woman whose dog he returned with injuries. And he won the court case! He and his killer dogs should be put out of business. BE CAREFUL!

Cindy Lindh (3)
Wednesday November 24, 2010, 10:05 am
This man needs to be permanently locked up with Michael Vick after primitive castration!

Jacki Hileman (20)
Wednesday November 24, 2010, 2:46 pm
How can some people be so cruel to animals ???
It's just unimaginable the lenght they will go to abuse an animal.
Animals first, is peoplenext ?

Christine S (134)
Wednesday November 24, 2010, 5:05 pm
There is no excuse for dogs to be starved at all, but when so much money has exchanged hands, it is mind boggling. And for cruelty charges to be dropped- horrible.

Dianne D (490)
Saturday November 27, 2010, 3:46 pm
What a tragic event, especially for the dogs that trust humans for their care. Hope the owner is fined and jailed and never allowed to be around another animal.

Latonya W (82)
Monday November 29, 2010, 3:31 pm
Thats why u have to always check things out on a regular basis...I know for a fact people are liars and manipulators and theyre human which means not to be trusted...This is too sad Im so sorry

Nathalie Martel (5)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 12:11 pm
Absolutely outrageous. How so very sad. People indeed make me ill.
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