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Old 10-06-2011, 06:50 AM
 
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An alarming Baltimore trend. There's a special place in hell for people who hurt helpless animals.
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Old 10-06-2011, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Portland, Maine
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This map clearly shows that this is not just a Baltimore issue.

Interactive Animal Cruelty Maps | Pet-Abuse.Com Animal Cruelty Database
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Old 10-07-2011, 09:02 AM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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The animal abuse issues are not new to Baltimore, they're just getting more media attention. About 13 years ago we adopted a kitten from the MDSPCA that was brought in by two police officers who saw two little kids kicking it around like a soccer ball.
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Old 10-07-2011, 09:56 AM
 
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I have pets, they are well loved. And when I walk my harmless 30 pound Pug/Beagle mix down the street every thug I see (not many in my neighborhood) is scared of him and walks around us..... funny how scared thugs are of dogs!
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Old 10-07-2011, 03:58 PM
 
Location: Baltimore
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It's a culture (i.e., socioeconomic) thing (as always) - - ghetto kids don't treat animals well b/c they don't grow up with them as "pets" that are "part of the family"... So they don't have any compassion for them. It's awful. There is really no way to stop it unless you give these kids some exposure to animals in a positive light, i.e., if they could get some joy and unconditional love from being with a cat or dog, it might change everything. Once you get a taste of that - how could you intentionally hurt that animal? These kids just see ratty animals wandering around the streets and they become simply an object for violent "fun". Sad.

There are so many other things that need attention - - animal cruelty is on that long list. I wonder if some shelters in the area could start an outreach program to city kids... Spend some time with the animals in the shelter... But then of course - what would incentivize the kids to participate? Bad kids just wanna do their own thing and not be bothered with anything. I'm sure for the kids that would need this the most their parents/adult caretakers are essentially non-existent in their lives.

Sorry. That was a ramble. The animal cruelty issue really bothers me. So sad.
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Old 10-07-2011, 04:03 PM
 
Location: Baltimore
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Oh - - and this is a STUPID subject line for this posting. More negativity for Baltimore. Ridic. "Leave your pets behind" - - yeah that's right, cause responsible people that have pets in this city let them roam the streets so they can be mauled by street kids. Ugh.
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Old 10-10-2011, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Chesapeake Bay area of MD
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Not sure a shelter would be a good place for a positive experience, unless they never euthanize.
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Old 01-24-2012, 01:43 PM
 
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Wow. Not a happy thought. I am thinking of moving to Baltimore City, Mt Vernon area, a senior apartment home. I love my little Pom and am concerned about walking him in a city park where he might be attacked by larger dogs. It did happen to him in Texas and he was seriously injured. I would not like to have it happen again. so here goes; Would i and my dog buddy be safe walking the parks in Mt. Vernon in the evenings and early am's??? PS I am a senior female but not at all frail. PRetend I'm your mom and give this your best shot. Thanks. NanaHana -- alumni of Md Inst College of Art and desperate for culture.
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Old 01-24-2012, 01:53 PM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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What bull! Animal abuse happens all over the country. Baltimore is not a unique case.

How about all the hundreds of thousands of animals that are in good homes and cared for by responsible owners, myself included. I lived in Mt. Washington, which was full of happy, provided for pets.

There are more people that love and care for their animals than the sad exceptions you hear about. I don't know a single person who would abuse an animal but I could easily name 100 people I know that love their pets.
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