Posted by: kinshipcircle | June 14, 2009

KILLING PHOENIX – YOUTHS SET PIT BULL ON FIRE

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6/13/09: Killing Phoenix – Youths Set Pit Bull On Fire

Phoenix
Her kidneys failing, veterinarians euthanized the extensively burned,
year-old dog. Photo: Baltimore Sun

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Baltimore City State’s Attorney Office, Police Department, Mayor Sheila
Dixon and The City Council:

Thank you for accepting my comments about the West Baltimore twin brothers,
17, accused of soaking a pit bull terrier named Phoenix in gasoline before
setting her afire. Police officer Syreeta Teel, who spotted the one-year-old
pup in the Sandtown Winchester neighborhood, heroically draped her
sweatshirt over Phoenix and pounded out the flames.

I am aware this 5/27/09 incident has drawn more public outcry than some
human victim crimes. Officials are concerned about misconstrued priorities.

With all due respect, they have missed the point: This case IS about humans.
It is about adolescents so desensitized to suffering, they will kill again.

I call upon police and prosecutors to fully investigate this calculated act
of violence. If the suspects are tied to a dogfighting ring, as Commissioner
Bealefeld has suggested due to puncture wounds seen on Phoenix, please
charge them under animal fighting laws as well as aggravated cruelty to
animals. I urge you to prosecute them as adults subject to felony cruelty
laws that carry up to three years in prison, a $5,000 fine, and mandatory
counseling. Both youths should be barred from contact with animals.

As you know, burns over 95% of the dog’s swollen, charred body overwhelmed
her immune system. Still, Phoenix wagged her tail as her kidneys failed. She
was euthanized in loving hands, perhaps the only she’d ever known.

Phoenix “rose from the ashes” long enough to reveal where violence begins —
especially for young males who later commit brutal crimes against people.
Columbine shooter Eric Harris, 18, smashed mice with a crowbar and set them
on fire. Washington D.C. serial killer Lee Boyd Malvo killed stray cats with
a slingshot. As a teen, Jason Massey slaughtered 37 cats, 29 dogs and six
cows; at 20 he decapitated and disemboweled a girl, 13, and shot a boy, 14.

Lighting an animal on fire is a “particularly significant predictor of
violent and even homicidal behavior,” says Dr. Randall Lockwood of ASPCA
Anti-Cruelty Initiatives and a frequent consultant for cruelty
investigators, law enforcers and mental health professionals.

In closing, I urge Mayor Dixon and the City Council to address violence at
its roots through: Creation of an animal abuse task force with citizen
representation; empowerment of animal control officers under the police
department; and prosecution in all animal abuse and fighting cases.

Thank you for punishing those responsible for the killing of Phoenix to the
fullest degree allowed by law.

Sincerely,

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The Honorable Patricia C. Jessamy, Baltimore City State’s Attorney
208 Clarence Mitchell Jr. Courthouse; 110 North Calvert Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
ph: 410-396-4987; fax: 410-539-5215
email: mail@stattorney.org, info@stattorney.org
Kimberly B. Morton, Esq., Deputy State’s Attorney: kmorton@stattorney.org
Communications, Margaret Burns, Chief: mburns@stattorney.org
Investigations, Cynthia H. Jones, Esq., Deputy State’s Attorney: cjones@stattorney.org

Joseph Sviatko, Public Information Officer
Baltimore City State’s Attorney Office
208 Mitchell Courthouse; 110 North Calvert Street; Baltimore, Maryland 21202
office: 443-984-1122; cell: 410-90-3248

Baltimore Police Department
c/o 242 W. 29th St.; Baltimore, MD 21211-2908
web form: http://www.baltimorepolice.org/contact-us/send-us-an-email
Frederick H. Bealefeld, III, Commissioner: frederick.bealefeld@baltimorepolice.org
Anthony J. Guglielmi, Public Affairs Director: anthony.guglielmi@baltimorepolice.org
Western District, Maj. Garnell Green, Commander: garnell.green@baltimorepolice.org
Violent Crime Impact Division, Col. Dean M. Palmere, Chief: dean.palmere@baltimorepolice.org

Mayor Sheila Dixon
City Hall, Room 250 100 N. Holliday Street; Baltimore, Maryland 21202
ph: 410-396-3835; fax 410-576-9425
email: mayor@baltimorecity.gov

Baltimore City Council, Office of the President
City Hall, 100 N. Holliday Street, Suite 400; Baltimore, Maryland 21202
President, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake: 410-396-4804; fax: 410-539-0647
email: CouncilPresident@baltimorecity.gov

District 1, James B. Kraft: 410-396-4821; fax: 410-347-0547
James.Kraft@baltimorecity.gov

District 2, Nicholas D’Adamo, Jr: 410-396-4808; fax: 410-396-4414
Nicholas.D’Adamo@baltimorecity.gov

District 3, Robert Curran: 410-396-4812; fax: 410-396-8621
Robert.Curran@baltimorecity.gov

District 4, Bill Henry: 410-396-4830; fax: 410-659-1792
Bill.Henry@baltimorecity.gov

District 5, Rochelle “Rikki” Spector: 410-396-4819; fax: 410-396-6800
Rochelle.Spector@baltimorecity.gov

District 6, Sharon Green Middleton: 410-396-4832; fax: 410-244-5343
Sharon.Middleton@baltimorecity.gov

District 7, Belinda Conaway: 410-396-4810; fax: 410-347-0537
Belinda.Conaway@baltimorecity.gov

District 8, Helen Holton: 410-396-4818; fax: 410-396-4828
Helen.Holton@baltimorecity.gov

District 9, Agnes Welch: 410-396-4815; fax: 410-545-3857
Agnes.Welch@baltimorecity.gov

District 10, Edward Reisinger Council Vice-President: 410-396-4822;
fax: 410-545-7353; Edward.Reisinger@baltimorecity.gov

District 11, William H. Cole IV: 410-396-4816; fax: 410-545-7464
William.Cole@baltimorecity.gov

District 12, Bernard “Jack” Young: 410-396-4811; fax: 410-396-1594
Bernard.Young@baltimorecity.gov

District 13, Warren Branch: 410-396-4829; fax: 410-347-0534
Warren.Branch@baltimorecity.gov

District 14, Mary Pat Clarke: 410-396-4814; fax: 410-545-7585
MaryPat.Clarke@baltimorecity.gov

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Terri Kelley, Kinship Circle Investigative Research Aide
pawsitivedirections@yahoo.com
Group urges adult charges in pit bull case
http://www.ohmidog.com/2009/06/11/recycled-love-urges-charge-as-adults/
Burned dog may be linked to dogfighting, police say
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/baltimore_city/bal-dog0609,0,3239096.story
City police charge 2 juveniles with setting dog afire
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/baltimore_city/bal-dog-fire0608,0,4649930.story
Officer hailed for coming to dog’s aid
‘You were her hero,’ Teel told, for smothering flames on gas-soaked pit bull
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/bal-md.officer06jun06,0,3041168.story
Kidneys failing, burned pit bull is euthanized
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/baltimore_city/bal-md.phoenix.01jun01,0,7970430.story
PETITION: End Baltimore Animal Abuse
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/baltimoreanimalabuse/?e

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Responses

  1. they should put those kids on fire, so they can experience what they’ve done to the dog, themselves!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. […] Kinship Circle: 6/13/09: Killing Phoenix – Youths Set Pit Bull On Fire […]


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