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Judge O'Malley nominated to anti-animal abuse commission

Baltimore District Court Judge Catherine Curran O'Malley was nominated Monday to join the city's Anti-Animal Abuse Advisory Commission.

O'Malley, who is married to the governor, was selected by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake for the position. Her nomination must still be approved by the City Council.

The commission, which is made of 15 appointed members, including a judge, works with city agencies to increase awareness for animal abuse and the need to report it, according to mayoral spokeswoman Caron A. Brace.

"The commission wants Baltimore to be a city where animals and citizens are treated with respect and dignity," Brace said.

Several members of the commission, including its former chairwoman, resigned in May after its release of a highly critical report that challenged the city's commitment to stopping animal abuse. The report cited a lack of police investigation and poor conditions for captured strays.

The commission was established about four years ago in the aftermath of case involving a young pit bull, later named Phoenix, that was soaked with gasoline and set on fire in West Baltimore.

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