I read in the Sept. 30 issue of The Sun a very disturbing letter to the editor: "Animal cruelty? Let's fight human-on-human cruelty." The author of this letter does not have a bigger picture of what fighting animal cruelty can do.

Why is it that animal cruelty is rising? Because just in Baltimore alone, people make big money on dog fights. They teach their children it is OK. All the bad guys say, "Move to Baltimore because their laws are way behind other cities and places." This breeds human-on-human cruelty. So for this person who does not want to protect the animals, get the bigger picture, it is a package.

Baltimore is behind. Teaching the young is a good start. I really was not a fan of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, but I have seen the realistic approach she is taking on this issue. She knows animal cruelty breeds more crime. She is trying to make it uncomfortable to move or live in Baltimore if this is the only way you can stand up and be a human.

Yes I love animals. In my younger years, I actually watched two people start to fight theirdogs right on the corner I lived on. I saw one of the dogs' ears torn off. I ran out of my apartment and yelled at them and told them they were animals and that the police were on their way.

Baltimore needs to let people know that we do not tolerate this low form of the human mind. Hooray for the Baltimore athletes and others participating in the "Show your Soft Side" campaign ("Baltimore athletes show their 'soft side,'" Sept. 26). It is a start to a better place.

Janet Spink, Baltimore