Tag: animal cruelty

Man Accused of Killing Donatella the Turtle During Parkville Burglary Arrested in Baltimore

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On right: Michael Kennard Jones, 23, Courtesy of Baltimore County Police

Less than 24 hours after Baltimore County police announced they were searching for a man who allegedly killed a woman’s turtle while robbing her home, authorities caught up with their suspect in Baltimore City.

Police Say Man ‘Needlessly’ Killed Woman’s Turtle During Parkville Burglary

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On right: Michael Kennard Jones, 23, via Baltimore County Police

Authorities in Baltimore County are on the hunt for a 23-year-old man who they say cruelly took the life of a woman’s turtle while ransacking her Parkville home.

Accused Puppy Killer Turns Himself In

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Donald Yearwood (left) and some of the surviving puppies in the litter, Courtesy BPD
Donald Yearwood (left) and some of the surviving puppies in the litter, Courtesy BPD

Nearly two weeks ago, police said they were looking for a suspect accused of killing four baby pit bulls, as witnessed by multiple people. Police announced an update in their investigation today: that man is now behind bars.

Police Searching for Man Accused of Killing Four Puppies in Fit of Anger

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Donald Yearwood (left) and some of the surviving puppies in the litter, Courtesy BPD

Not all of today’s news about dogs in Baltimore is heartwarming. Police say a 21-year-old man is wanted for killing four puppies and leaving them in a dumpster in South Baltimore earlier this month.

Ravens’ Terrence Cody Accused of Having Illegal Alligator

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Alligators need room to roam.
Alligators need room to roam.

Amid the raft of charges listed against ex-Ravens lineman Terrence Cody on Maryland’s court search website, one stands out: Possession of Alligator.

Ravens’ Terrence Cody Indicted on Animal Cruelty Charges

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Terrence Cody
Terrence Cody

Another tale of a Ravens player getting in trouble with the law has come to pass. Baltimore Ravens defender Terrence Cody was indicted on animal cruelty charges in Baltimore County on Monday, police confirmed.

Animal Cruelty Investigation Targets Ravens’ Terrence Cody

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Terrence Cody
Terrence Cody

After last year’s firestorm, John Harbaugh said he preached to his players about avoiding offseason run-ins with the law. We’ve still got a Super Bowl to play, the team already has an infraction.

Baltimore Cop Charged with Animal Cruelty for Slitting Dog’s Throat

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Photo of Sarah Gossard & Nala, via Gossard's Facebook page
Photo of Sarah Gossard & Nala, via Gossard’s Facebook page

On Saturday, one day after Baltimore Police officers shot and killed a loose bull that was running through town, police were called to Brewer’s Hill after a woman reported being bitten by a loose dog. After chasing the Shar Pei, a 7-year old female named Nala, around an empty lot, officers managed to corral it with a dog control pole–and then for some inexplicable reason, one of the officers slit the dog’s throat.

Jada Pinkett Smith Writes a Letter to Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

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On Tuesday, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake received a letter from Jada Pinkett Smith. How exciting that would have been for her, had it not been an open letter all about elephants. The Baltimore native and actress called on the mayor to ensure that the city’s law forbidding the use of any “mechanical, electrical, or manual device that is likely to cause physical injury or suffering” on a performing animal be upheld during the Ringling Bros. Circus’s performance at 1st Mariner Arena. Specifically, Pinkett Smith is seeking to ensure that bullhooks not be used to prod circus elephants.

How funny. I was in the middle of writing my own open letter to the mayor demanding that she make sure Ringling Bros. not charge too much for oversalted popcorn and soda that is mostly ice. But Jada’s right — this is more important.

Pinkett Smith’s letter, distributed by PETA, claimed that not only are these elephants poked with painful bullhooks, but that several of them suffer from arthritis and yet are scheduled to perform in Baltimore.

It’s unclear how Rawlings-Blake will respond to the letter. According to The Sun, she is a big fan of the circus and even played “a ceremonial role” when Ringling Bros. came to the city in 2010.

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