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Nitro's law stalled for now

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - A bill that calls for stiffer penalties when it comes to animal abuse is stalled at least temporarily.

Nitro's was introduced three years ago by two local lawmakers, but citizen supporters question why the vote is now delayed in an Ohio House Committee.

Nitro was a Rottweiler and one of nearly 20 dogs found starved to death or living in deplorable conditions at the High Caliber K-9 Kennel in Youngstown in 2008. 

State Representative Ron Gerberry, one of the sponsors of the bill, says he wants the bill to become law as well, "Yes I wish that the bill had a vote this week, but it did not and that's the chairman's call.  But we're going to work with Chairman Lynn Slaby and hopefully get a vote, and if we're successful at getting a vote out of committee this year, I think we may have an opportunity to pass it next year.  And that's going to be my goal.  As a matter of fact, if we can get it out quick enough in the Fall we may be able to get it done this year."

Members of the Nitro's Law Foundation say Representative Lynn Slaby's Office told the group the delay is due to a number of house members unavailable due to summer break.


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