Miami Beach resident Nikki Moustaki plans to eat dog food at least once a day every day until an Ohio animal cruelty law known as Nitro’s Law is passed. The law was spurred after 12 starving and 7 dead dogs were discovered in High Caliber K-9, a boarding kennel in Youngstown, OH.
The law is named after Nitro, a pet Rottwieler who died at the facility while his family had to attend to a sick relative out of state, and would increase animal cruelty to a fifth degree felony in Ohio punishable by up to a year in jail. Ohio is only one of nine states that doesn’t count the first count of animal cruelty as a felony. The law was passed in the state’s House of Representatives, but died in the Senate…
“This isn’t just a local issue, it’s a national issue,” Moustaki said in a release. “This didn’t happen in my home state, but as someone who speaks up for animals, I consider them all in my backyard. Animals don’t vote, but their owners do. If this can happen in Ohio, it can happen anywhere, and it’s important for people to be aware of the laws in their state.”
On the first day of her campaign Moustaki ate dog food straight up out of the container, although she’s since started included dog food in other recipes like “Malemute Mac and Cheeze,” and “Bocker’s Bruchetta.” You can follow Moustaki’s culinary adventures and learn more about her campaign on her YouTube page.