Ohio governor signs Nitro's law; animal cruelty by kennel owners, employees now a felony

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio animal right advocates are celebrating a victory in Columbus.

Ohio Governor John Kasich signed Nitro's law Sunday. The law creates a fifth degree felony charge for any kennel owner, operator or employee who abuses an animal.

It is the first time Ohio has passed a law where animal cruelty can be charged as a felony on a first offense.

The law is named after Nitro, a Rottweiler who died after being starved to death at an Ohio kennel.

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