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URGENT: Nitro’s Law will die, like all those innocent dogs, your voice is needed!

December 21, 2010

From Facebook
By Shelley Bright


On October 22, 2008, an elite dog training & boarding facility ‘High Caliber K-9’ in Youngstown, Ohio, was raided following a report that a person was unable to retrieve her companion dog. Numerous dogs were found dead due to neglect and starvation.  Steve Croley, owner & trainer of High Caliber, was arrested, charged, and convicted on just 4 misdemeanor infractions for starving 19 dogs, 8 of whom died. NITRO’S LAW is a legacy and testament in honor of a family’s Rottweiler who was starved to death at this man’s hands. Ohio House Bill 70 “NITRO’S LAW” passed the House but has been shelved in the Senate for nearly a year with time now running out.

Nitro’s Law, HB 70, dies on December 31st after sitting for almost 1 year with no progress, because of the OHIO SENATE. HELP us to demand better for these hero dog victims and all companion animals of Ohio & contact Chairman Tim Grendell (Phone: 614-644-7718 | Email: and PLEASE drop a line to Senator Seitz ( – ALL CONTACT DETAILS BELOW –  who will vote NO on NITRO’S LAW because he doesn’t support FELONY LAWS for animal abusers because of ‘prison overcrowding’:

I am inclined not to support HB 70 because of prison overcrowding and the attendant fact that we will only make that problem worse by creating more felony offenses.  – Senator William J. Seitz.

Please send two emails, one to the entire committee, one to Senator Seitz; please also contact Chairman Grendell via phone.  There are sample messages provided below, but please modify as you feel appropriate. Do this for Nitro and all other animal victims who deserve the consideration of our “lawmakers”.

Please visit Nitro Foundation for complete details, information, resources, and contacts for questions.  You will find additional footage, court information, and photos.  There is also a Nitro Facebook Group as well.

Click on each to enlarge | Warning, these are graphic


Nitro lived the typical suburbia New York life with his doting family and littermate, Bella. A family that cooked scrambled eggs for breakfast for them, labored with love on sewing holiday costumes, including them as members of their family in celebrations, vacations, and the many activities of life; a life any dog would be fortunate to live. It was obvious from the beginning, Nitro was the classic, determined Rottie with a high working drive and High Caliber K9 came highly recommended through Nitro’s breeder as a positive outlet and focus for him to be the best dog he could be.

Steven S. Croley, the owner of High Caliber K9 appeared to be the charismatic, gifted dog whisperer and Nitro’s family did all the necessary tasks ensuring his background was genuine and without blemish, including an 8 hour drive to be guests of Croley at his facility with impressive results. For 2.5 years a successful working relationship and bond soon developed with Croley and naturally a friendship quickly followed including social engagements and outings with all the makings of a trusted alliance.

When a family member’s critical medical emergency developed, Nitro’s family found themselves in a dilemma of commuting for long periods of time to New Jersey putting a strain on the pets in their home. Nitro being highly protective soon proved this to be increasingly stressful on him.

Croley’s facility and program of a summer dog camp seemed to be the perfect solution. Not only would he be safe with someone they thought they knew and trusted but Nitro could also work on his training in a secure and safe environment.

Nitro was a very reserved dog and not inclined to trust easily and naturally any lingering doubts they might have had regarding Croley had dissolved long ago, since Nitro thrived in Croley’s presence and openly adored his attention. This combined with their successful 2.5-year history with Croley only reinforced he was trustworthy. They would  never have thought in a million years they could and would be so utterly and devastatingly wrong.


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It is still unclear exactly what led Croley down such a self-absorbed path of destruction to take the lives of these innocent dogs in such depraved and unspeakable suffering. Even more difficult to comprehend is that their suffering was not out of sight and out of mind. Croley lived on the same property of the kennels and training area of the perfectly manicured lawn being his own backyard. The backdoor and windows of his residence faced the dog kennels in plain view. Alleged drug use is believed to be the motivating factor in robbing these dogs of the basic necessities of food for life and the substantial monies paid by the dog’s families was not used to feed their dogs, but instead was used to feed Croley’s drug addiction.

A further crime and travesty of justice occurred after these original crimes were committed. Croley was originally charged on 19 counts of animal cruelty for starving 19 dogs, 8 of which perished with only misdemeanor provisions for punishment regardless of the severity of the crime. To top off the beginning of this gross injustice, due to the dire circumstances of the distressed remaining live dogs seen from outside of the property, humane agents made the decision to enter the property without securing a search warrant. Because of this, the Youngstown Prosecutor cited a legal technicality and threw out 15 of those original 19 charges. Croley was granted a plea agreement to plead no contest to only 4 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty. Nitro’s life would not be one of them, his charge and count was dropped. Croley was sentenced to 4 months credited with 13 days already served in county jail after decimating countless lives.

Ohio continues to rank at the bottom on animal protection legislation. The degradation of our Nation as a whole by the state of Ohio continues into the 21st century and only through legislation that allows for prosecution of animal cruelty with stronger penalties imposed on those found guilty, will Ohio be on the road to becoming a just and compassionate State.

This is NITRO’S LAW.


Chairman Tim Grendell | he is able to decide whether Nitro’s Law HB70 will advance, tell him you want Nitro’s Law to go to the Senate Floor now:

Phone (614) 644-7718



Holiday Greetings!


Chairman Grendell,

Why has the Judiciary Committee been sitting on HB70 for nearly a year?  I don’t understand the hesitation of the Judiciary Committee to move this bill and pass it into law. I have read that some Senators want to let this bill die. But this doesn’t make sense. Are there Senators who think it is okay to torture, starve, and abuse animals? Are there Senators who think that people should be allowed to torture and even kill dogs just because they want to?

Surely you are aware that people who will abuse, torture, or kill animals will eventually direct their deviant behaviors towards other humans. Surely you are aware that most serial murderers began by torturing and killing animals.

Decent people do not want abusers to get away with their abuse. They want penalties that fit the crime. Violence is violence no matter the target of the violence. NITRO’S Law will hold people accountable for their cruelty and violence. The people support the passage of this bill.

You should be aware of this: thousands of people all over the nation are watching to see what the Ohio Senate will do. If you continue to sit on this bill, you will be turning your back on decency and you will be remembered for that. Please do the right thing. Get this bill passed!





Senator Seitz, email:


Holiday Greetings!


Senator Seitz,

I am curious to know what kind of mind comes up with the idea that prison overcrowding is a good reason not to enact laws against cruelty and violence?  I am referring specifically to your remark, “I am inclined not to support HB70 because of prison overcrowding and the attendant fact that we will only make that problem worse by creating more felony offenses.” Well, Mr. Seitz, that’s not a very good idea! Are you suggesting we just eliminate a few more felonies to make certain that prisons aren’t “overcrowded”?  Are you asserting that prison population is certainly a higher priority for you than protecting society from people who like to inflict pain, and even death, on the defenseless?

Maybe you are unaware that studies have proven a close link between violence towards animals and violence towards people. Maybe you are unaware that most serial killers began by torturing and killing animals. Certainly, you must be unaware that when any kind of cruelty and violence is tolerated by a society, it demoralizes the whole of society. Or maybe you just don’t care?

Mr. Seitz, I don’t care how crowded the prisons are. As a citizen, I have the right to demand that your priority be the safety of society, not the economic bottom line of maintaining prisons. As a lawmaker, you have the responsibility to enact laws to protect people from violent perpetrators. Violence is violence no matter the target, and cruelty is cruelty.

The people want HB70 enacted into law. If you kill this bill, you are turning your back on decency for the sake of economics, and you will be remembered for having done so.

Mr. Seitz, please do the right thing.





violence to one living thing
is violence to all
prison over crowding?
now that is a bad call
nitro and other innocents
should never suffer and die
how can you turn a
deaf ear to their cries?

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

8 Comments leave one →
  1. December 21, 2010 2:49 pm

    Our sincerest gratitude to Stacey & ‘Our Compass’ for supporting and sharing Nitro’s Law. It is without a doubt the wonderful and caring people like yourselves and so many more that has pushed Nitro’s Law to where it is today. Our commitment will remain firm in making Ohio a humane state for all animals, no matter how long it takes and we thank you all in your endless support in that journey.


    • December 21, 2010 6:45 pm

      Shelley, thank you so much; I received the information from Our Compass member Jude. This is so heartbreaking, we’ll be more than happy to continue to share information, you just let us know what we can do.

      Thank you for all you’ve done ~


  2. cathala Corine permalink
    December 21, 2010 10:27 pm

    S’il vous plait Nitro doit vivre, il est innocent!!!!!!


  3. karen lyons kalmenson permalink
    December 22, 2010 4:35 am

    violence to one living thing
    is violence to all
    prison over crowding?
    now that is a bad call
    nitro and other innocents
    should never suffer and die
    how can you turn a
    deaf ear to their cries?


  4. Sylvie permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:57 pm

    Envoyé par mail 2 lettres faite de même.

    Merci beaucoup

    2 Made the same letters sent by mail.

    Thank you very much


  5. Ernie Kovac permalink
    December 23, 2010 8:54 am

    ..PLEASE! Support Nitro’s Law – Ohio’s HB 70..
    Without Our Support this Bill will Die December 31, 2010..
    “It is NOT ONLY ‘for what WE DO’ – that We are Held Responsible.. but, also ‘for what WE DO NOT DO.” (Silence may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all – the Apathy of Human Beings)… PLEASE?


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