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Animal Research

Baltimore is too easy on animal abusers

Baltimore is too easy on animal abusers

Eight years have passed since the brutal death of a dog named Phoenix, who was soaked in accelerant and set alight in broad daylight. The crime prompted then-Mayor Sheila Dixon to appoint an animal welfare task force, which continues to meet, but now in the form of a permanent commission.

While Baltimore has made great strides in investigating these cases, which require coordination among animal control, the police department, and BARCS Animal Shelter, too many animal abusers in Baltimore City continue to get off scot-free. The failure to competently prosecute these cases and obtain meaningful sentences can have sobering repercussions.

Take, for example, the case of William O....