Gathering at the intersection of U.S. 224 and Ohio 7 in Boardman, demonstrators rallied on Saturday, Feb. 18, walking in support of Nitro's Law, currently House Bill 108.
The bill was introduced by state Reps. Robert F. Hagan of Youngstown, D-60th, and Ronald V. Gerberry of Austintown, D-59th, after eight of 19 dogs were found starving and several died, including Nitro, while in the care of the High Caliber K-0 Kennel on Coitsville-Hubbard Road. The bill, which passed the House and now moves to the Ohio Senate, allows felony charges to be filed against kennel owners, managers or employees who are accused of abusing or neglecting pets in their care.
Although the owner of the kennel was convicted of four misdemeanors, the proposed law would allow felony charges to be filed in such cases.
Photos by Kathleen Palumbo, Town Crier correspondent
Undaunted by winter temperatures, Cassandra Murray, Diane Murray, Lisa Javorchik, and Nova Sanguinetti stood at U.S. 224 and Ohio 7 in Boardman on Saturday, Feb. 18 to show their supports for Nitro's law. The bill passed the Ohio House last week, but supporters encourage voters to continue to contact their legislators.
Supporters of Nitro's law are encouraged to contact their local government officials urging them to move forward on the legislation, stressing that without passage of Nitro's Law, animal cruelty charges in Ohio will remain merely a misdemeanor.