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Group urges adult charges in pit bull case

Recycled Love, the Baltimore-based animal rescue organization, is urging State’s Attorney Patricia Jessamy to charge as adults the two juveniles arrested in connection with the burning death of a pit bull.

In a letter to supporters, Recycled Love says, in addition to being doused with gasoline, the pit bull known as Phoenix  had gasoline poured down her throat before she was set on fire.

Two 17-year-old twin brothers have been arrested in connection with the case. Phoenix, found on fire by a police officer last month, received burns to over 90 percent of her body. She died three days later.

“We have seen firsthand the abuse and neglect these animals experience at the hand of city residents. Phoenix ’s case, unfortunately, was one of the most severe,” the letter to Jessamy says. “We are committed to honoring her short life by changing the standards intact for investigation and prosecution of animal abuse and cruelty cases.

“Residents are angry that this type of abuse permeates the city in which they live, work and play … To this end, we are urging the Baltimore City State ’s Attorney office to prosecute all individuals arrested and charged with Phoenix ’s death to the fullest extent of the law.”

Recycled Love is asking its supporters to e-mail Jessamy at mail@stattorney.org.

The organization has also launched a petition drive, urging Mayor Sheila Dixon and the City Council to take animal abuse more seriously by creating a task force, making the animal control office part of the police department, and ensuring that animal cruelty cases are prosecuted to the fullest extent.


Comment from Donna Moran
Time June 17, 2009 at 11:22 am

Very tragic situation.

Comment from Kevin LeDoux
Time June 17, 2009 at 11:29 am

Severe repercussions should ensue.

Comment from Melody Bunting
Time June 17, 2009 at 11:36 am

Whether it is a human life or an animals life, the sentence should be the same ! If people commit crimes and get away with it, they will continue to destroy lives. Animal crimes affect our lives just as much as if it was a human crime, animals are like our own family…… criminals should be punished to the fulliest extent !!!

Comment from Susan Spann
Time June 17, 2009 at 11:51 am

This crime is beyond cruel and these teenagers deserve to be punnished to the fullest extent of the law..as adults!

Comment from Yolanda Tawney
Time June 17, 2009 at 1:26 pm

Absoultely these 2 teens should be prosecuted as adults. This is a crime beyond cruelty, it was premeditated murder of a helpless living creature. Who is to say they would not do the same to a human. It is obvious they have no regard to life.

Comment from Rita Elliott
Time June 17, 2009 at 1:53 pm

If these 2 teens did this then they and all of the people who watch this happen and did nothing to help this poor defensely dog need to be punish to the fullest extent of the law as adults not children. Neither one of these teens or the people who stood there watching and did nothing to stop this have any reguard for life of any kind.

Comment from Yvette McCoy
Time June 17, 2009 at 5:28 pm

It’s time the citizens of Maryland stood up and became the voice for these defenseless animals. I for one feel that these two young men are adults. They have been surrounded with the outside world enough to know the difference between right and wrong. To take a life, whether it be animal or person is a CRIME, and should be punishable to the fullest extent. If more people had to suffer the consequences for their actions maybe there would be less crime in our state. This was a defenseless, unconditional loving animal who meant no harm to anyone and to act as cruelly as these two young men did and to find it as some sort of entertainment to watch the pain, suffering and agony through the cries of Phoenix is sickening. I am just as appalled at the bystanders who stood by and did nothing. Three cheers to that police officer and the caretakers who cared for Phoenix afterwards. Where is the compassion and humanity of people anymore? I am asking you, Ms Jessamy, stand with the rest of us who care so deeply for animals and together let’s be their VOICE and end ANIMAL CRUELTY! Let Phoenix’s case set the standards and have these young men be punished for their crime and, still it would not add up to the suffering she went through.

Comment from brian
Time June 18, 2009 at 10:56 am

These 2 should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law!

Comment from Mary H
Time June 19, 2009 at 11:44 am

Just the thought of anyone hurting an animal such as this case is enough for the law makers to stand up and take action. You are paid by our taxes. Let’s make this type of cruelty END. We need stiffer punished for such horrible behavior.

Comment from William
Time June 19, 2009 at 1:21 pm

Very, very sad! I wish they would put the punk’s under the jail or burn them in public!

Comment from Tom Baumgartner
Time June 21, 2009 at 8:37 am

If you can’t love an animal ,you can’t have any love in your heart for any kind of life.PROSECUTE! We know they have no feelings , show them we have no feelings for them and their actions.