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Mayor’s Anti-Animal Abuse Advisory Commission

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Welcome to the Mayor’s Anti-Animal Abuse Advisory Commission page. The Commission was initially created as a Task Force in July 2009 after a young pit bull terrier – who was subsequently named Phoenix – was doused with gasoline and set on fire in broad daylight in West Baltimore. In response to this vicious crime, the Mayor asked us to report back to her in one year with recommendations for eradicating animal abuse in the City of Baltimore. The Commission was subsequently formed, and we continue to report to the Mayor on an annual basis.

The Commission’s goal is to eliminate animal abuse and neglect and make Baltimore a city where residents and animals are treated with dignity and respect. Please call 911 if you see animal abuse or neglect occurring. Each of us is responsible for reporting animal cruelty. During this reporting year, the Commission will keep track of calls of animal cruelty. Hopefully, through the efforts of the Commission, we will see those numbers decline. Please check this page regularly for updates. Thank for you helping to make Baltimore an animal-loving city.

-Katie Flory, Interim Chair

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Mayor’s Anti-Animal Abuse Advisory Commission Caroline Griffin interviews with Comcast Newsmakers

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Show Your Soft Side' Animal Rights Campaign Features Burly Baltimore Celebrities

What do rocker Tommy Lee, linebacker Jarret Johnson and martial arts fighter John Rallo have in common?

They’re all tough guys who love animals.

These famously “hard” men and their pets are the stars of Baltimore’s “Show Me Your Soft Side” campaign, a series of posters, billboards and print ads aimed at reducing the alarming incidence of animal abuse in the city.

2011 Anti animal Abuse Commission Report

With the creation of the Mayor's Anti-Animal Abuse Advisory Commission- the
first of its kind in the country - the City of Baltimore has created a permanent platform to address the disturbing and far too common crime of animal cruelty. Read the achievements of the past year

We are proud to announce that two Baltimoreans are 2011 ASPCA Humane Award winners

ASPCA Presidential Service Awards

Caroline Griffin

In 2009, Phoenix, a female Pit Bull, was doused with gasoline and set on fire in West Baltimore. After hearing about this horrific incident, lawyer Caroline Griffin devoted her life to advocating for changes in Baltimore's policies and procedures to better protect animals and prosecute abusers. Caroline was appointed to chair a task force to examine the extent of animal abuse and neglect in the city and to improve the city’s response to the problem. In recognition of the effectiveness of Mayor's Anti-Animal Abuse Task Force under her leadership, the Baltimore City Council in October 2010 officially voted to make it a permanent standing Anti-Animal Abuse Advisory Commission, the first of its kind in the country.

ASPCA Cat of the Year
Last January in Baltimore, two teenage boys trapped a young cat in a milk crate while she was nursing her kittens, doused her in lighter fluid and struck a match. The feline managed to escape from the crate, extinguish the fire and return to her newborns. Mittens, as she was named, was rescued by local police and animal control officers, and, along with her kittens, brought to the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS), where she recovered from the loss of her ears and severe burns. Mittens’ inspiring story garnered extensive media coverage, and she became the unofficial face of the fight for animal protection laws in the state. Mittens now lives with Cindy Wright, while the primary perpetrator in her case pled guilty to felony animal cruelty. Read More

Mayor’s Anti-Animal Abuse Advisory Commission – Bill #10-0506 Passed

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Katie Flory
Interim Commission Chair
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