Nitro’s Law gets new life in budget bill

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Language will be added to Ohio’s biennium budget bill this week to place new restrictions on kennels across the state.

Rep. Ron Gerberry, D-Austintown, originally introduced House Bill 108, commonly known as Nitro’s Law, but the measure failed in two previous attempts at passage.

Now, language will be added to Ohio’s budget bill that will place the same restrictions on kennel owners that House Bill 108 had intended.

If the amendment makes it through the budget process, the language will make the abuse of animals at kennels a fifth-degree felony.

“Over the last week and a half, we came up with some language that we believe accomplishes the goals of Nitro’s Law, and we both signed off on Saturday,” said Gerberry. “It appears as though leadership in both senate and the house have both signed off on the amendment.”

Nitro’s Law was named after a Rottweiler who died in 2008 while at High Caliber K-9 Kennels in Youngstown. Nitro died from starvation and dehydration.

Gerberry said over the years, the biggest hurdle to overcome was convincing lawmakers to see kennel abuse as a felony offense.

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