Commend New Animal Abuse Unit

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Target: Baltimore Assistant State Attorney Adam Lippe

Goal: Commend work being done by Baltimore County’s State Attorney’s Office to put animal abusers behind bars

A new animal abuse unit in the Baltimore State’s Attorney’s office has doubled the number of animal abuse prosecutions, increased felony convictions, and sharply increased prison sentences for convicted abusers. One of the first cases handled by this unit resulted in a criminal, who shot and killed a young pug named Pup with a BB gun, getting six times the jail time recommended by Maryland sentencing guidelines. The new animal abuse unit was able to develop the evidence to bring more severe charges against the abuser than was previously possible. Commend the work being done by this amazing group of attorneys to protect animals from abuse.

Maryland made animal cruelty a felony offense almost a decade ago, yet most animal abuse cases were being handled as misdemeanors and overworked district attorneys did not have time to develop stronger cases against the abusers. In 2012, Assistant State Attorney Adam Lippe and paralegal April Doherty started work on a new approach to handling animal cruelty cases without any new staff or budget to support them. They discovered a gap in knowledge and resources between animal control and the Police Department. Coordination points were not clear and training was lacking.

To correct this, Lippe and Doherty now hold conferences for police officers and prosecutors to teach them the best practices for handling animal cruelty cases. They also ensure the State Attorney’s Office is informed of cases early enough to develop the evidence for felony charges.  The work of this unit has doubled the number of cases and convictions for felony animal cruelty.

Commend Assistant State Attorney Adam Lippe for his leadership and dedication protecting the animals of Baltimore.


Dear Mr. Adam Lippe,

Because of the work being done by you and the new animal abuse unit in the State Attorney’s office, prosecutions and convictions for animal cruelty cases have doubled. Animal abusers are finally being recognized for the dangers they pose, not only to animals but also to people, and are being punished appropriately. This radical improvement in Baltimore’s conviction rate for animal cruelty would not have been possible without your great work and leadership.

Mr. Lippe, thank you for all of your hard work to protect the animals of Baltimore and prosecute the sick individuals who abuse and neglect them. What you are doing is appreciated by animal lovers everywhere. Keep up the great work.


[Your Name Here]

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