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10-year-olds suspected in dogs beating death

Baltimore police are searching for three boys — believed to be ages 10 to 12 — who were seen beating a young pit bull to death at Carroll Park golf course Saturday.

And if that’s not a disturbing enough new chapter in Baltimore’s continuing saga of animal abuse, consider this: According to a Baltimore Sun report, Animal Control officers didn’t arrive at the golf course until more than five hours after the incident was reported to police.

A golf course maintenance worker, Rob Whiderman, saw the youths beating the puppy with a tree branch at the municipal golf course in Southwest Baltimore.

Screaming at them to stop, he drove his golf court to where they were, chased them to the railroad tracks and lost them.

He said he called police, who notified animal control, but they didn’t arrive until about 5:30 p.m., five hours after he called.

“It looked like every bone was broken in its body,” Whiderman told WJZ. “It looks like it broke its back, legs.  We tried to pick it up and nothing was attached.  It was like he didn’t have bones.  Like jelly.”

Whiderman said the youths were between 10 and 12 years old.  Police later found a red-and-white-striped polo shirt, a tree branch and a cell phone that might have been dropped by one of the youths.

But between the two agencies, the police department and animal control, there seemed to be little urgency in responding to the call of an animal being tortured, and even less once the dog had died.

Whiderman said he returned to the golf course Sunday morning and found the dead dog still lying in the woods. He called police again, who responded and wrote a report.

The police report confirms that animal control did not remove the dead puppy when they arrived Saturday afternoon, the Sun reported.


Comment from Starla
Time May 19, 2010 at 10:24 am

Thanks to Mr Rob Whiderman, for his care & compassion in trying to help this poor puppy. I suspect the police will have many dealings with the 10 & 12 year old future felons in the years to come. The southern states always get touted for being horribly lacking in their humane care of animals, but it seems Baltimore needs to take a good hard look at how animals are protected (or not protected) in their city. What a heart breaking story. One of too many from there in recent months. I hope they catch the little hoodlums that did this.

Comment from Jennifer
Time May 19, 2010 at 1:27 pm

I’d like to know why the maintence worker didnt take the pup to a local vet for emergency care. How could he leave it laying in the woods to suffer a while longer till finally dying alone and hurt?

Comment from A
Time May 19, 2010 at 8:05 pm

The article just stated the dog was already dead when he got there.

Comment from Anonymous
Time May 19, 2010 at 9:05 pm

They need to work harder to find those kids and beat there asses straight because what are they going to to a little girl or boy in 6 years???? If the little shits can do that to a puppy they need to be set straight! Clearly there parents should have been fixed at a young age! Dumb asses

Comment from ca
Time June 1, 2010 at 11:17 pm

Everyone, Please attend the Mayor of Baltimore’s Meeting with AnimaL Abuse Task Force. Please come out and speak for those who cannot and tell the Mayor and Council Members to support and adopt a city wide “Zero Tolerance For Animal Abuse and Cruelty Policy Initiative” AND to implement the recommendations of The Animal Abuse Task Force. Below is detailed info for this meeting. There is also a link for petition that was started regarding death of this puppy and overall cruelty to animals in Baltimore City. Thnak you all very much.

Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Poly High School (in the Auditorium)
1400 W. Cold Spring Lane Baltimore

Petition Link

Comment from Shameeza Mohammed
Time June 12, 2010 at 2:33 am

I hope those monsters are punished for what they have done! They are so sick and twisted! I want them to pay for what they have done! They make me sick! I want them to feel the pain that they have caused those dogs!!!

Comment from Dawn
Time June 12, 2010 at 12:36 pm

I hope the sicko’s get beat the crap beat out of them!!

Comment from jane craig
Time April 29, 2011 at 4:01 pm

What in the hell kind of ultra-sick, lack of compassion for all creatures great and small world are we living in?? And what about the degerates who raised these monsters. They all should be gassed. Poor, darling baby.

Comment from jane craig
Time April 29, 2011 at 4:03 pm

I will NEVER go back to Baltimore (I’ve been there and I realize I’m not missing anything), but we all should boycott all of their industries until they grow a heart.