17-year-olds Should be Charged as Adults for Setting Cat on Fire
  • Petitioned Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

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Mayor of Baltimore City
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
State's Attorney for Baltimore City
Gregg Bernstein
Commissioner, Baltimore City Police Department
Commissioner Fred Bealefeld
Commander, Northwestern District of the Baltimore City Police Department
Major Johnny Delgado

17-year-olds Should be Charged as Adults for Setting Cat on Fire

    1. Petition by

      Pauline Houliaras

      Baltimore, MD

 

 

Baltimore, MD:  On January 8, 2011, a witness told police that her grandson and his friend, both 17-year-old males, took the family cat out onto the back porch, covered her with a milk crate then doused her with lighter fluid and intentionally set her on fire. The cat, Mittens, suffered 3rd degree burns is now being cared for at Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter along with her three young kittens. 

Here are three news articles detailing the case: 

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/bs-md-burned-cat-follow-20110131,0,5110620.story?track=rss 

http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2011/01/31/cat-set-on-fire-in-baltimore-city/ 

http://www.wbaltv.com/r/26668505/detail.html

According to Maryland Code § 10-606 this sounds like a clear-cut case of “aggravated cruelty to animals” yet these young adults are being charged as juveniles.  Animal abuse is a felony crime and should be taken seriously. With extreme cases of animal cruelty on the rise in Baltimore, it’s time to send a clear message these crimes will not be tolerated and perpetrators, even if teenagers, will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

What You Can Do

1. Send a brief and polite letter or email to Gregg Bernstein, State's Attorney for Baltimore City, asking him to prosecute those who abuse, torture or kill animals to the fullest extent of the law, specifically the teenage perpetrators who intentionally set the cat “Mittens” on fire. 

Gregg Bernstein

Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City

208 Mitchell Courthouse

110 North Calvert Street

Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Email: gbernstein@stattorney.org 

 

2. Send a brief and polite letter or email to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake asking her to support police and animal control investigations and enforcement against those who perpetrate felony animal abuse crimes as in the case of the cat “Mittens.”

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

City Hall, Room 250

100 N. Holliday Street

Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Email: mayor@baltimorecity.gov

 

3.  Send a brief and polite letter or email to Baltimore City Police Commissioner Frederick Bealefeld asking him to handle incidents of animal cruelty as seriously as other violent felony crimes. Police spokespersons indicated they already know that animal cruelty is an indicator of violent crimes against people. 

Commissioner Frederick Bealefeld

Baltimore Police Department

c/o 242 W. 29th St.

Baltimore, MD 21211-2908

Email:  frederick.bealefeld@baltimorepolice.org

 

4. Send a brief and polite letter to Major Johnny Delgado, Commander Northwestern District Police asking him to handle reports of animal cruelty as seriously as other violent felony crimes and as such to fully investigate these crimes.  

Major Johnny Delgado, Commander

Northwestern District Police Station

c/o 242 W. 29th St.

Baltimore, MD 21211-2908

 

 

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    • Meghan McGrenera ORLAND PARK, IL
      • over 3 years ago

      This is truly sickening. These disgusting young men need to be harshly punished for their cruelty. They do not deserve to be charged as juveniles for a HATEFUL, TORTUROUS act against innocents. Please show them that their crimes will be taken seriously and punished severely.

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    • marie hill-carisle MURRAY, KY
      • over 3 years ago

      At 17 an individual knows the difference between right and wrong. In addition, there is a high correlation between animal abuse and abuse of humans-especially women. Give these men a wake up call now! Defend the defenseless and also help prevent future cruelty

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    • Pamela Robinson FAIRFIELD, OH
      • over 3 years ago

      There is something intrinsically wrong with any human being that would do such a thing. Statistically, those that commit such acts are just a stone's throw from committing violent acts against humans. In light of that, a slap on the wrist is not in order in this situation. These teenagers need to know NOW that there are consequences for their violent actions...not later after they kill someone.

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    • Susan Reck HAMILTON, OH
      • over 3 years ago

      A 17 year old that gets pleasure out of

      burning animals, is a danger to the community. Someone should set them on fire and see what it feels like. I hope they give them the max. as adults. These are not children at 17. They know what they are doing. Will a person be next? We have to start doing what is right, to protect our animals and citizens.

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    • Zakkery Jordan INDIANAPOLIS, IN
      • over 3 years ago

      If this was done to a person these kids would never get out. The fact that its a cat doesn't change that fact.

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