Nitro’s Law, formerly known as House Bill 70 in Ohio, would increase the penalty to a fifth degree felony for egregious acts of animal cruelty by the animal’s caretaker, punishable by a year in jail per count. According to the Humane Society of the United States, Ohio ranks 45th in the nation for animal cruelty laws.
The need for tougher laws in this state became an issue after 7 dead and 12 starving dogs were discovered in October of 2008 at High Caliber K-9, a boarding kennel in Youngstown, OH. Nitro, a beloved pet Rottweiler, was left in the care of that facility while his human family attended to a sick family member out of state. The facility owner, Steve Croley, was sentenced to four months in jail and a small fine after only four misdemeanor charges were pursued. He did, however, have his American Kennel Club privileges revoked for 10 years, and the AKC fined him $2000.00.
This isn’t just a local issue; it’s a national issue. This didn’t happen in my home state, but as someone who speaks up for animals, I consider them all in my backyard. Animals don’t vote, but their owners do. If this can happen in Ohio, it can happen anywhere, and it’s important for people to be aware of the laws in their state.
Only 4 states in the nation do not consider animal cruelty a felony, and only 9 states (including those 4) do not count first animal cruelty offenses as a felony, including Ohio. Nitro’s Law did pass the House of Representatives, but died in the Senate at the end of 2010. I am hoping to help change that in 2011, one bowl of dog food at a time.
I will commit to eating dog food every single day – on camera – for as long as it takes. Bill 70 needs to be reintroduced so that it has a chance of passing in the House and Senate. Only then can it become Nitro’s Law.
Nitro and the other dogs were deprived of dog food, so I’m going eat it for them. I am eating one meal a day of Lucky Dog Cuisine, one of the brands of food that my 3 rescued dogs enjoy. I would love your recipes and help with meal suggestions! Please post them as comments on the YouTube videos I will be posting every day.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Ideally, other dog owners will join in on this with me – if we can create a movement, no matter how ‘doggone crazy’ eating dog food might seem – we might be able to make a positive change.
I would like for all 50 states in our nation to be represented in the “I Eat Dog Food For Nitro’s Law” Campaign. I’m asking that people from every state jump on this with me and pledge to eat dog food for one meal a day – or, just one meal a week, or one meal total – please just jump on any way that you can! Let’s show support for Nitro and this future law.
I don’t want anyone to get sick, so I’m going to recommend Lucky Dog Cuisine as the dog food that everyone can safely consume. Check out their website to see what’s in their food – it’s all great stuff. They are also a food donation sponsor on my pet charity site, The Pet Postcard Project, giving many thousands of dollars of their food to rescues.
If you want to participate, please send me an email. Here are some ideas on how you can network your participation:
- Video yourself eating the dog food and post it to YouTube.
- Post a photo of yourself eating the food on the Nitro’s Law Facebook pages:
- Write a blog post on your own blog.
- Share a post on your own Facebook and/or Twitter pages.
- Email me and I’ll share your photos and/or videos for you
The idea is that we get this movement out there to raise awareness for Nitro’s Law and help it get reintroduced to the House of Representatives in Ohio. No animal should have to suffer the way Nitro and the other dogs did, and no one who perpetrates this kind of abuse onto an animal should be able to just walk away so easily from it.
Please post this campaign everywhere, look for my videos every day, and please join with me if you can. I will be posting regular updates here, on my YouTube channel, and on my Pet Postcard Project Facebook page, so please check back often.
Thank you! Hugs and Woofs,
If you would like to post an “I Eat Dog Food For Nitro’s Law” Campaign badge onto your blog, here are two, along with the HTML code if you need it. You can post it if you are eating the food, or simply want to support the cause. Thank you!
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