Target: City of Baltimore
Goal: Curb animal abuse in Baltimore
Baltimore’s Anti-Animal Abuse commission was created after a pit bull was soaked with gasoline and set on fire in West Baltimore. The commission has been working very hard for years to curb animal abuse in Baltimore, but the government has shown little to no support. Five members of the Anti-Animal Abuse Commission, including former chairwoman Caroline Griffin, have resigned in protest against the city’s inaction.
The commission released a highly critical report stating that the Baltimore City Office of Animal Control is chronically understaffed, and calling the agency the “neglected step-child” of the Baltimore City Health Department. Last year, 24,132 calls for help were made to animal control, of which 4,071 involved animals in jeopardy. The city responded by employing just one animal control officer overnight. Clearly, one animal control officer is not enough to tackle such an enormous problem.
In response to the resignations, City Councilman Robert W. Curran called for a hearing on animal abuse. Even though Curran asked Griffin to testify, he also asked her to not bring up negative issues contained in the commission’s report. “I’ve never been invited to testify at a hearing only to have my content of my speech censored. The lack of transparency remains,” said Griffin. Support the fight to end animal abuse by signing the petition. Demand Baltimore to take protecting animals seriously.
Dear the City of Baltimore,
Five members of the Anti-Animal Abuse Commission recently resigned in protest against your city’s inaction. The commission was formed a couple of years ago in response to a pit bull that was soaked on gasoline and put on fire in West Baltimore. Not much has changed since then to curb animal abuse.
Last year, animal control received 24,132 calls for help. 4,071 of these calls involved animals in jeopardy. You responded by employing just one animal control officer overnight. Also, many animal abuse cases get lost in the shuffle, and are not investigated or even tracked. Your lack of attention to such a serious issue is unacceptable. Provide more funding for animal abuse prevention efforts to help end animal cruelty.
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