Children pelt tied dog with rocks and bricks
On Easter Sunday, a bloodied 1-year-old dog who’d been pelted with rocks and bricks was brought into Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter. Staff named her Christy.
Christy was treated for injuries that included several wounds on the top of her head, a swollen and bruised snout, a bloodied nose, hemorrhages in both eyes and a wound on the dorsal surface of a front paw.
The Baltimore Bureau of Animal Control is investigating the case, which was reported by a witness who saw a group of youths — estimated to be 12 or 13 years old — throwing rocks and bricks at a dog who was tied up in the 3700 block of Greenspring Avenue near the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School.
When a concerned citizen went to rescue the dog, BARCS officials say, the youths began throwing rocks and bricks at him.
Animal enforcement officers are contacting the school to determine if the surveillance cameras captured the incident.
Jennifer Mead-Brause, BARCS executive director, appealed to any one with information about the case to step forward.
“This is another shocking incident of animal abuse. Once again the fact that perpetrators are so young … is very disturbing. These young people are in urgent need of help. Incidents of animal abuse are a key predictor of violent criminal behavior.”
Any one with information is asked to call the Baltimore city Bureau of Animal Control at (410) 396-4698.
Mead-Braus added, “I urge people living in the neighborhood to pay close attention to their companion animals. Animals who are allowed to roam at large are an easy target for this type of abuse.”
Posted by jwoestendiek April 6th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
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