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Anti-animal abuse panel hears from public

About 75 people showed up for the first public meeting of Baltimore’s newly appointed Anti-Animal Abuse Task Force tonight, with many calling for improved education, harsher penalties for animal cruelty and creative measures to instill empathy for animals among young people.

Others ideas included bringing pets into schools; recruiting local celebrities, such as Ravens players, to become role models on how to treat animals; hiring an investigator trained in animal abuse cases for the police force, beefing up the 16-member staff of the city’s Animal Control Office; and mandatory spay/neuter laws to cut down on the number of homeless animals that often become targets for animal abuse.

The task force was appointed this summer after a pit bull puppy, later named Phoenix, was doused with gasoline and set on fire. The dog’s injuries were so severe he had to be¬†euthanized a few days later. Since then,¬†several cats have been discovered tortured, burned and abused.

The panel is expected to make recommendations to Mayor Sheila Dixon next July.

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Comment from Anne’n’Spencer
Time September 16, 2009 at 11:29 pm

I like all the education-related stuff. We need to work on instilling empathy and respect for life in our children. Unfortunately so many of them come from harsh surroundings; that makes it more difficult. We need to let them practice kindness for animals–and for one another!

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