Tuesday, December 8, 2009

STARK COUNTY ANIMAL LOVERS - CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS VOTE BY REPUBLICAN OHIO HOUSE REPRESENTATIVES OELSLAGER & SNITCHLER?


Back in October, 2008 an unbelievable story broke out of the Youngstown area about maltreatment of dogs and a "professional" dog care and training kennel.


Authorities did step in and prosecute the owner of the High Caliber K-9 (a Steve Croley). but the owners of the dead and starving dogs were horrified when they learned that the laws of Ohio are so weak that Croley ended up with a four month sentence.

A group called the Nitro Foundation started a campaign to have the law of Ohio changed.

 


Youngstown area Democrats in the Ohio General Assembly (Ron Gerberry of the 59th House District  and Bob Hagan of the 60th House District) got to work and help Nitro with its mission.

Under their proposed revision to Ohio Revised Code Section 959.99(E)(3) "Whoever violates division (D) of section 959.131 of the Revised Code is guilty of a felony of the fifth degree."

Currently law provides that such offenses are a misdemeanor.

Of interest to Stark Countians should be the fact that two Republican representatives (Oelslager - the 51st and Snitchler - the 50th), chose to vote, apparently, the party line and opposed the Gerberry and Hagan bill.  See an excerpt from an email forwarded to the SCPR:


It's stretch to think that Oelslager and Snitchler favor lesser penalties for animal abusers.

So their vote must have something to do with partisan politics.

But are partisan political considerations an acceptable basis on which to "protect" animal abusers?

Partisan politics plays in favor of animal abuses?  Hmm?   The SCPR thinks that Stark Countians will be outraged by this Oelslager and Snitchler vote.

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