State Representative Michael Henne (R-Clayton) today announced that the Ohio House of Representatives passed House Bill 90, which establishes harsher penalties for owners, managers or employees of kennels and rescue shelters who commit animal cruelty. The bill is commonly referred to as “Nitro’s Law.”
House Bill 90 makes specific prohibitions against negligently and knowingly committing acts of cruelty against companion animals, including dogs and cats. Specifically, the bill grants a prosecutor discretion to charge and prosecute an owner, manager or employee of a kennel who engages in knowingly cruel treatment with either a first-degree misdemeanor or a fifth-degree felony. A fifth-degree felony charge for abuse could garner a prison sentence of up to 12 months per offense.
“Man is distinguishable from other animals by our ability to reason, and there is no reason we should allow the abuse of animals,” Rep. Henne said.
Under the provisions of the bill, local prosecutors will have the discretion of prosecuting the caregivers or custodians under the specific prohibitions the bill establishes or the general prohibitions that currently exist in law. This legislation will bring Ohio in line with approximately 45 other states that define animal cruelty as a felony offense.
Nitro’s Law arose after a Youngstown kennel owner allowed eight of the 19 dogs that were entrusted in his care to starve to death in 2008. The kennel owner served only four months in prison before being released.
House Bill 90 will now be sent to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.
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