The group known as Nitro's Army stood firm outside of Warren's Municipal Court before a scheduled preliminary hearing for Maurice Brown.  

He's the man accused of kicking a six month old Labrador Retriever so hard that it's neck was broken and the puppy died.

It's believed to be the first case likely to be tried under Goddard's Law which calls for a harsher punishment for animal cruelty.  That punishment could be up to one year in prison.

Beverly Spicer of Girard leads the group Nitro's Army, "There's so much abuse out there right now, the animals are really suffering.  It seems like everyday it gets worse to the fact that if we get a strong bill that these animal abusers think they can do things worse and it's gotta stop."

Goddard's Law increases the penalty for animal cruelty from 90 days to one year.  But members of the group Nitro's Army say the law doesn't do any good if those who have authority don't enforce it.