COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) 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.


“This will give pet owners the peace of mind of knowing that their animals are being taken care of properly,” Rep. Smith said. “Should cruelty occur, it’s important that we can hold the appropriate person accountable.”


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.

 
 
 
  
Featured Posts

Rep. Ryan Smith Announced As Chair Of House Finance Committee

 
COLUMBUS - 

Speaker of the Ohio House Clifford A. Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) today announced that State Representative Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) will continue to serve as Chairman of the House Finance Committee for the 132nd General Assembly, after previously serving as chair in the 131st General Assembly.



 
 

Milestone Reached To Bring Grocer To Vinton County

 
Columbus - 

State Representative Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) today announced that preliminary terms between the Finance Fund and Campbell’s Market have been agreed upon to bring a grocery store to Vinton County.  



 
 

State Rep. Ryan Smith Welcomes Ohio House Agriculture And Rural Development Committee To Gallia County

 
Columbus - 

The Ohio House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee held a hearing yesterday in Bidwell at Green Valley Gathering Place, focused primarily on livestock.



 
 

Conference Report On State Operating Budget Passes Ohio House

 
COLUMBUS - 

The Ohio House of Representatives today approved the conference committee report for Amended Substitute House Bill 64, which is the state operating budget. The legislation lowers the income tax, ensures adequate funding for Ohio schools, freezes tuition costs on colleges and helps small businesses. It is now being sent to the Governor for his signature.