Animal abuse task force invites comments
The Mayor’s Anti-Animal Abuse Task Force will hold its first public meeting next Wednesday (Sept. 16).
The task force invites members of the public to attend and voice their concerns about animal abuse in Baltimore. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the auditorium of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, 1400 W. Coldspring Lane.
The meeting is scheduled to last two and a half hours, and those wishing to speak are asked to sign in when they arrive.
The newly formed task force, because it has just begun its work, won’t be answering questions, said Caroline A. Griffin, task force chairperson. Instead, the meeting is intended to allow the public to express their comments and concerns regarding animal abuse in Baltimore.
The task force was appointed by Mayor Sheila Dixon in the wake of several highly publicized cases of animal cruelty. It includes representatives from city offices, the police, the state’s attorney’s office, animal welfare organizations and city residents.
The task force will assess the effectiveness of Baltimore’s cruelty laws, brainstorm ways to raise awareness of animal abuse and consider ways city agencies and animal advocates can better coordinate their efforts.
After a year of study, it will issue recommendations to the mayor.
In May, someone doused a pit bull puppy with gasoline and set it on fire in Southwest Baltimore. The dog, who came to be known as Phoenix, had to be euthanized. A reward fund of $26,000 was raised, leading to the arrest of twins, who were charged as juveniles. In June, two cats were found within two weeks in the same Northwest Baltimore neighborhood, burned, beaten and tied to a school fence. In August, a cat was set on fire twice in a West Baltimore neighborhood.
Posted by John Woestendiek September 9th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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