Police seek three boys in fatal beating of young pit bull

Attack occurred at Carroll Park golf course

May 17, 2010|By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore police are searching for three young boys who were seen beating a young pit bull to death with a tree branch on the Carroll Park golf course Saturday, four days after a dog in another part of the city was wounded by a man wielding a machete.

In the latest attack, a golf course maintenance worker, Rob Whiderman, said he was on a hill toward the back of the 12-hole course on Washington Boulevard in Southwest Baltimore when he saw the youths. "I was screaming at them to stop," he said in an interview. "But they just continued to beat that dog."

Whiderman said he raced over in his golf cart and chased the boys to railroad tracks, where he lost them. He said they were between 10 and 12 years old. 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.

The man said he returned to the golf course Sunday morning and found the dead dog still lying in the woods. He called police, who responded and wrote a report. That report says that near the dog, police 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.

The police report confirms that animal control did not remove the dead puppy when they arrived Saturday afternoon. Animal control officials could not be reached for comment Monday evening.

Police have not made any arrests.

Last week, police reported that a man with a machete attacked a pit bull/shepherd mix in his neighbor's gated yard on Wylie Avenue in North Baltimore. The dog, named Okashia, was critically injured.

The man was charged with cruelty to animals and taken to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation.

peter.hermann@baltsun.com

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