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By Peter Hermann | March 12, 2012
A person who found an injured female pit bull in Brooklyn Park 10 days ago has sparked a police animal cruelty investigation into a suspected dog fighting operation. The dog, named Princess, was found less than five miles from where another injured pit bull was found last month. Princess is being treated at the Waugh Chapel Animal Hospital , the same place the first dog, Rocky Road, was taken. She will be be released to the SPCA of Anne Arundel County when here injuries have healed.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | July 2, 2014
A New York woman faces animal cruelty charges after she allegedly left a 15-year-old Yorkshire Terrier in a car in an Annapolis parking lot for two hours Tuesday, police said. Monifa Ayadelle Pendelton, 44, ran into a Petco in the 2300 block of Forest Drive with her dog, Chloe, around 2:30 p.m., asking for help after realizing what she had done, police said. Police and Anne Arundel County Animal Control were called, and an animal hospital veterinarian later diagnosed the dog with extreme heat stroke and recommended it be put down, police said.
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NEWS
February 22, 2011
As an animal activist, I was thrilled that Baltimore City chose to try the case against two teenagers accused of setting fire to a dog, and the fact that the public was so up-in-arms about what happened to poor Phoenix ("Strong response to dog's burning," Feb. 20).  Phoenix was heinously tortured and suffered in a way no living creature — human or animal — should have to. Luckily, there are laws against such crimes, and it seems those laws will be getting tougher.
NEWS
June 23, 2014
Speaking as an animal lover and a supporter of animal rights, this past week has been a nightmare for defenseless animals in Baltimore City ( "Baltimore police suspend another officer in dog killing," June 19). It has also been a nightmare for the citizens who love animals and care about their humane treatment. From the public execution of a steer running away from the slaughterhouse to the barbaric killing of a frightened pet dog, the Baltimore City Police Department has acted abominably.
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
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
December 19, 2009
Twin brothers Tremayne and Travers Johnson pleaded not guilty Friday to animal cruelty charges. The 17-year-olds, charged as adults, are accused of setting a pit bull puppy on fire in May. The animal, named Phoenix by rescue workers, was euthanized because of its injuries. The teens are being held without bail at the Baltimore City Detention Center. They are also charged with gun and drug possession in a separate case. Trial dates have been set for March and February, respectively. - Tricia Bishop
NEWS
December 15, 2011
Baltimore, like many cities in the U.S., is an often unfriendly home to pit bull-type dogs ("Abused pit bulls face a difficult transition," Dec. 10). Frequent victims of prejudice and abuse, these dogs need much help. As I shared with The Sun's Arthur Hirsch , the Maryland Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is dedicated to addressing some of the root causes for this unfortunate suffering, including pet overpopulation. Our organization offers a program called "Pit Fix" to spay and neuter these dogs in Baltimore.
NEWS
August 10, 2011
Regarding your story about animal cruelty ("City man is charged with killing one cat and abusing another," Aug. 4), I'm an animal lover who had my 22-year-old cat euthanized three months ago and I'm still crying from the loss. I got her from an animal shelter when she was about six weeks old and she showed signs of abuse. It broke my heart to think that someone would harm a little kitten. I'm against places like PetSmart and other stores that sell pets. Even though they ask customers to complete an application before buying a pet, it's nothing like the background check a rescue organization requires.
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By Larry Carson | larry.carson@baltsun.com | December 20, 2009
A woman facing criminal theft charges for allegedly stealing from the nonprofit Howard County Animal Welfare Society she runs is now awaiting a ruling on a civil charge of animal cruelty for allegedly neglecting a dog at her facility. Robin Deltuva, 36, who lives in a house on the society property on Davis Road next to the county government's animal shelter, denied neglecting a small brown Chihuahua named JJ that a society volunteer took to an emergency clinic Aug. 6. The volunteer said the dog was emaciated, listless and nearly dead.
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.
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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.
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.
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By Jami-Lin Williams | August 22, 2013
As an infant born in Waterville, Maine, to a single, teenage mother, I relied on food stamps for the first four months of my life. My family's economic status later required me to participate in other federal assistance programs like Head Start and the National School Lunch Program, so that I would have access to adequate nutrition and greater opportunities. Today I am a successful young woman with an undergraduate degree from Wellesley College, a master's degree from Stanford University, and a bright future.
NEWS
June 23, 2014
Speaking as an animal lover and a supporter of animal rights, this past week has been a nightmare for defenseless animals in Baltimore City ( "Baltimore police suspend another officer in dog killing," June 19). It has also been a nightmare for the citizens who love animals and care about their humane treatment. From the public execution of a steer running away from the slaughterhouse to the barbaric killing of a frightened pet dog, the Baltimore City Police Department has acted abominably.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | August 2, 2013
After more that 24 years at the reins of the Days End Farm Horse Rescue, founder and Executive Director Kathleen Schwartz-Howe is retiring, the organization announced Friday. According to a news release, Schwartz-Howe will step down on Sept. 15 and will be replaced by Assistant Executive Director Erin Ochoa, who was unanimously appointed by the organization's Board of Directors. "I am leaving the organization in excellent hands - I truly could not ask for a better group of individuals and have full confidence in their ability to carry on the mission of Days End Farm Horse Rescue,” Schwartz-Howe said.
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.
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