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Proposed Ohio animal abuse law may not survive

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Legislation that would increase criminal penalties against kennel operators who abuse pets in their care probably isn't going anywhere during the current session in Columbus.

The (Youngstown) Vindicator (http://bit.ly/UEwQ31 ) reports that the bill was proposed after more than a dozen dogs died from starvation or neglect at a Mahoning County kennel. But lawmakers say the measure isn't expected to move out of the Ohio Senate this time because it lacks support.

The law would make it illegal for kennel owners, managers or employees to abuse or neglect pets in their care. Violations would be bumped from misdemeanors to felonies.

The bill passed the Ohio House in February. It was nicknamed Nitro's Law after one of the dogs that died at the kennel.

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