City man accused of beating dog ordered to volunteer at SPCA

A Baltimore man charged with beating a dog to death has been ordered to work at an animal shelter, angering animal advocates who say that is the last place someone who abused a pet should be.

The head of Baltimore's new animal-rights task force has protested the decision, which came as part of a deal with prosecutors who dropped criminal charges against the man, calling it a grave error in judgment that leaves animals at-risk.

Caroline Griffin, chairwoman of Baltimore's Anti-Animal Abuse Task Force, said the man should be kept away from animals, just as criminals who harm humans are often ordered to stay away from their victims.

"The prosecutor had substantial evidence to try this case, but instead, dropped the ball," said Griffin, whose committee discussed the case at a scheduled meeting Monday night.

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