Jeremy Link is a strong supporter of the Nitro Bill that would increase the penalty for animal abuse and neglect from a misdemeanor to a felony charge. The proud owner of Chaos, a four year old pit bull, Jeremy says it's not the dogs that are dangerous, it's the owners and how they choose to raise their pets.
Jeremy is one of thousands of supporters who pushes for House Bill 108, more commonly known as Nitro Bill. The bill received its name after a dog named Nitro and six other dogs were killed in 2008, in a Youngstown K-9 training facility.
In the past month, the support has grown locally after 43-year- old Mardie Biederman of Panama City, Florida shot a dog, placed it in a kennel and disposed of it in Grand Lake St. Marys.
Representative Karen Schoen believes its up to her and people like her, to stand up for animals like this. She says because her pets are unable to stand up for themselves, she will do it for them.
Biederman filed a guilty waiver and paid his 132 dollar fine, but Jeremy and other Nitro Bill supporters believe that's not enough.
Jeremy, Karen and other area supporters hope to spread their message through flyers and public appearances in several upcoming parades and festivals.