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February 25, 2011
As the physicians quoted in your article on the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine's use of animals for surgical training, we were disappointed that the school's only response was from a spokesperson, and that neither the dean nor the chair of the surgery department provided comment ("Johns Hopkins under fire for using animals in doctor training," Feb. 24). We requested that Baltimore City State's Attorney Gregg Bernstein look into whether Hopkins' use of animals violates Maryland's animal cruelty laws.
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March 13, 2014
On reading Wenonah Hauter and Julie Gouldener's commentary on Maryland's poultry industry, I kept waiting for them to cite the hideous cruelty to animals that is inherent in confined animal feeding operations ( "Why is O'Malley giving poultry polluters a free ride?" March 7). But it never came. I do not understand how one can write an article about the polluting agribusiness farms and leave out that part. Billions of chickens have lived torturous lives of misery on Maryland's Eastern Shore "farms," and at least mentioning that in the article would have garnered the writers a lot more support.
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FEATURES
August 18, 2011
In the fight against animal cruelty in Baltimore, people have cursed, cried and written letters, protested and formed committees. But on Saturday, cycle enthusiasts will rev their engines in the name of treating animals better. The Peacekeepers Motorcycle Club is joining the Mayor's Anti-Animal Abuse Advisory Commission, for a day dedicated to raising awareness about animal cruelty and domestic violence in Baltimore. They're calling it a "peace ride and rally against animal cruelty.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | March 5, 2014
A city police officer is accused of beating a Jack Russell terrier puppy with a mop, then choking the dog and sending a picture of its dead body to its owner - his girlfriend. Montgomery County Police have charged Alec Eugene Taylor, 27, of Silver Spring, with aggravated animal cruelty and abuse or neglect of an animal. Taylor's girlfriend told police she received a text from Taylor on February 26 telling her that he killed the seven-month-old dog, named Rocko, after it defecated on the carpet.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | July 20, 2011
The July retrial of 19-year-old twins Travers and Tremayne Johnson, whose first animal-cruelty trial ended in a hung jury, has been postponed. The new city circuit court date — Sept. 16 — could complicate a civil case now scheduled for days later, however. In January 2009, five months before they are accused of setting fire to a pit bull, the Johnson brothers and three others filed a lawsuit against a Baltimore landlord, claiming that exposure to lead paint has left them unable to work.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | February 18, 2011
Two 16-year-olds are facing animal cruelty charges after Anne Arundel County police responded to a call about what appeared to be a dogfight. Shortly before 5:30 p.m. Thursday, a caller told police that there were about five people watching two dogs fighting in the woods near Athena Lane and Loving Road in Severn, according to a police statement. Police said that as they arrived, the group scattered, running toward Arwell Court, which is in the Orchards of Severn community.
NEWS
March 13, 2014
On reading Wenonah Hauter and Julie Gouldener's commentary on Maryland's poultry industry, I kept waiting for them to cite the hideous cruelty to animals that is inherent in confined animal feeding operations ( "Why is O'Malley giving poultry polluters a free ride?" March 7). But it never came. I do not understand how one can write an article about the polluting agribusiness farms and leave out that part. Billions of chickens have lived torturous lives of misery on Maryland's Eastern Shore "farms," and at least mentioning that in the article would have garnered the writers a lot more support.
NEWS
September 29, 2011
I see yet another front page article in The Sun about combating animal cruelty ("Baltimore athletes show their 'soft side,'" Sept. 26) and my heart sinks. Why is another article about animal cruelty front page news while most stories about human beings losing their lives are reduced to a small paragraph on page four? When was the last time a large reward was offered for information on the murder of a teen-age kid as opposed to the thousands of dollars offered by people coming out of the woodwork when a dog gets hurt?
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | June 21, 2011
The Queen Anne's County state's attorney's office has filed criminal charges against the owner of a Centreville horse farm from which 140 animals were seized in April. Marsha H. Parkinson, 66, owner of Canterbury Farms, faces 35 animal cruelty charges of failure to provide adequate care for an animal, after the horses were taken from her Melfield Lane farm, according to electronic court records. Neither Parkinson nor Queen Anne's State's Attorney Lance G. Richardson returned calls seeking comment Tuesday afternoon.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | March 23, 2012
Baltimore City Circuit Judge Emanuel Brown will decide whether a jury can see a police surveillance video that prosecutors say ties twin brothers Travers and Tremayne Johnson to a pit bull that was set on fire in 2009. The second trial in the animal cruelty case opened Friday with a series of requests by the brothers' defense attorneys for Brown to throw out key pieces of the prosecution's evidence, including the video and a gas can. Brown held off ruling on the motions until at least Monday, when the trial continues.
NEWS
January 5, 2014
Ann Roberts wrote about how upset she was with confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) and wondered "how humans can ignore and accept" the animal cruelty practiced on chickens and other feed animals ("Pollution is just the beginning of the problem with CAFOs," Dec. 30). Perhaps she might find a bit of pity for human animals who often rely on reasonably priced chicken for their protein needs. Being kinder to feed animals who will still be slaughtered is more costly and may price food out of people's reach, sending them to macaroni and cheese or junk food to fill their bellies.
NEWS
December 30, 2013
Rena Steinzor wrote a good commentary ( "Why are polluters getting discounts?" Dec. 27) about how confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) get away with polluting year after year. I cannot understand how, though, she and other environmentalists could totally ignore the hideous animal cruelty that this extreme confinement inflicts on these innocent animals. The pollution, the antibiotics that end up in our food and the cruelty to other living beings are all reasons that point to this agribusiness model as being just plain wrong.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | December 17, 2013
Fines for animal cruelty in Baltimore County will increase under a bill approved by the County Council on Monday. The penalties for first offenses will rise from $100 to $250 per day for each occurrence of animal cruelty. Initially, the legislation proposed by County Executive Kevin Kamenetz would have increased the fines to $145, but an amendment proposed by council members raised the penalty even higher. That better reflects the severity of the crime, said Councilman David Marks, a Perry Hall Republican.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2013
A bill before the Baltimore County Council would increase fines for animal cruelty and change the way the county handles animal complaints, but a lawyer said Tuesday that the measure could be unconstitutional. County Executive Kevin Kamenetz's administration says the legislation would make the animal hearing process more efficient and help the county recoup costs for caring for seized animals. A vote on the bill is set for Monday. Glenn Meyer, an Owings Mills attorney who handles animal law cases, told council members at a work session that the bill violates animal owners' due-process rights.
NEWS
July 31, 2013
I saw the fine cowboys pictured praying before the rodeo in Carroll County ("In it for the bucks," July 27). Well, many of us are praying for the day when rodeos are recognized for what they are: the humiliation, terrorizing, hurting and killing of peaceful non-volunteer animals in the name of "entertainment" - all for the audience's viewing pleasure. That is sick. There are plenty of ways to have fun in life without exploiting animals. Please do not support rodeos or elect politicians who choose to ignore animal cruelty.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 29, 2013
A 33-year-old Pasadena man was arrested this weekend in the fatal shooting of a small dog that he and his girlfriend had recently adopted, according to Anne Arundel County Police. Clint Matthew Mowry, of the 700 block of 224th St., was taken into custody and charged with animal cruelty and reckless endangerment after officers responded to the home for a report of shots fired about 9:22 p.m. Saturday, police said. The dog, described as a small 8-year-old Yorkshire Terrier mixed breed, was found in the home dead from an apparent gunshot wound, police said.
NEWS
By Jules Witcover | April 26, 2010
Sometimes, though rarely, a Supreme Court ruling is so startling and jarring that Congress is moved swiftly to counter it. That may, and certainly should, be the response to the court's decision declaring unconstitutional a 1999 federal law against creation and distribution of material depicting acts of animal cruelty. By an unusual and rather remarkable 8-1 vote, with Justice Samuel A. Alito, a member of the conservative bloc, the only dissenter, the court held that the law was so broad that it violated the free speech protection under the First Amendment.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 29, 2013
A 33-year-old Pasadena man was arrested this weekend in the fatal shooting of a small dog that he and his girlfriend had recently adopted, according to Anne Arundel County Police. Clint Matthew Mowry, of the 700 block of 224th St., was taken into custody and charged with animal cruelty and reckless endangerment after officers responded to the home for a report of shots fired about 9:22 p.m. Saturday, police said. The dog, described as a small 8-year-old Yorkshire Terrier mixed breed, was found in the home dead from an apparent gunshot wound, police said.
NEWS
July 25, 2013
A Pasadena man charged with 134 counts of animal cruelty was placed on one year of probation last week after he said he tried to keep the animals at his home in an effort to rescue them. Shane Christopher Taylor was given probation before judgment by Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Paul A. Hackner on five counts, which will allow Taylor, 21, to seek to have his record expunged if he meets all of the judge's conditions. Those conditions include not having more than one animal at a time and continuing treatment for mental health issues, said prosecutor Kimberly DiPietro.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | July 20, 2013
A 45-year-old Harford County woman was arrested Friday inside a department store and charged with animal cruelty for leaving her dog outside in a car for 90 minutes amid blazing temperatures, police said. The Harford County Sheriff's Office said deputies were called to the Kohl's on Osborne Parkway in Forest Hill at about 4 p.m. and found an Australian cattle/beagle mix locked in a vehicle. The windows were cracked about 1 inch, and the dog was panting heavily and foaming from the mouth, police said.
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