The Baltimore Humane Society is planning a Thursday morning memorial service for 27 dogs found dead on a property on Black Rock Road, Hampstead in April, the “Black Rock Dogs.”
The memorial will take place at 10 a.m. at Baltimore Humane Society Memorial Park Cemetery at, 1601 Nicodemus Road, Reisterstown and is open to the public, according to a Baltimore Humane Society media release. There will be a memorial dedication along with a display of 27 empty collars to represent the deceased canines.
“All of us at Baltimore Humane were devastated and heartbroken by the discovery of these dogs,” Baltimore Humane Society Memorial Park Director Veronica Van Hof is quoted as having said in a media release.
The Hampstead home where the dogs were found was the site of an unlicensed breeding operation, run by John J. Roberts, and Laura S. Filler and marketed as Black Rock Dalmatians and Black Rock Puppies.
Roberts and Filler were indicted on more than 100 counts of animal cruelty and related charges on April 25.
The surviving dogs — 20 Dalmatians, five golden retrievers and two English setters — were taken to the Humane Society of Carroll County and cleaned, treated and have since been returned to their owners or transferred to rescue groups, according to Executive Director Karen Baker.
“We are pleased to report that all of the dogs are doing extremely well, and we continue to receive updates from their owners, fosters, and the rescues,” Baker said via email Tuesday. “The outpouring of support from our surrounding shelters, rescue groups, volunteers, and our community made happy outcomes for the dogs possible.”
The Humane Society of Carroll County coordinated Thursday’s memorial with the Baltimore Humane Society, Baker said, given the latter’s pet cemetery where the ashes of the 27 dogs that did not survive could be laid to rest.
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“We are so honored to have Baltimore Humane provide a peaceful resting place for the dogs that did not survive,” she said. “These dogs will remain in our hearts and knowing that those that didn’t survive are receiving a respectful memorial will help bring our staff peace.”