Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon announced on Tuesday the creation of the Anti-Animal Abuse Task Force made up of city officials, prosecutors, police, animal advocates and city residents.
The task force will spend a year reviewing the effectiveness of Baltimore’s cruelty laws and how city agencies might better enforce them. At the end of the year, the task force will issue recommendations to the mayor.
“The protection and safety of animals in this city is an important concern,” Dixon said. “It’s imperative we treat this issue with the upmost importance.”
The first meeting will be at 6 p.m. July 15 at City Hall, but won’t be open to the public. Task force chairwoman Caroline Griffin, an attorney who’s on the board of Baltimore’s Humane Society, said some future meetings may be.
Animal advocates have been calling for a stronger city response to animal cruelty, especially since the May burning of a pit bull. Two teenagers have been charged in connection with the incident, in which the dog was first doused with gasoline.
The dog, known as Phoenix had to be euthanized.
In June,two tortured cats were found, burned and beaten and tied to a school fence.
“We just keep receiving case after case and not a lot is getting done,” says Jennifer Mead-Brause, executive director of Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, where Phoenix was first treated.
Posted by John Woestendiek July 8th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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