SEVERN, Md. (WJZ)—A group of teenagers gathered in the woods to watch two dogs fight. It’s the latest example of the growing animal cruelty in Maryland.

Kelly McPherson explains lawmakers try to up the ante when it comes to punishing animal abusers.

Just this week, legislators were considering an animal abuse bill. And now, there’s another discovery of an injured dog due to illegal dog fighting.

Candy is the latest victim of dog fighting in Maryland.

“And underneath is where her skin’s so bad; it’s full of puss,” said a rehabilitator. “This is horrible.”

“This one is young and it was probably used as bait in the training,” said Knox Inman, medical director.

You can see the mark above her eye is likely a fresh bite wound. Her visible spine is a sign of malnourishment. Candy and another dog were being fought by several teenagers in Severn.

Anne Arundel County Police chased down and arrested two 16-year-olds.

Neighbors were happy to hear that a fellow homeowner reported the crime.

“It’s just terrible,” said Michael Young, neighbor. “I thought that a lot of people would’ve learned from the celebrity cases that have happened. It’s just really sad that it happened so close to my house.”

Candy is not the first abused dog to come to the Telegraph Road Animal Hospital and will likely not be the last.

In Annapolis, they are addressing stricter penalties for abusers.

Legislators are hearing testimony and will consider increasing the fine from $1,000 to $2,500 and jail time from 90 days to six months.

“We’re not going to tolerate abuse of animals,” said Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold. “This abuse of animals is usually a precursor to more serious crimes against human beings.  So it’s important to nip this in the bud.”

In total five teenagers are suspected in this crime. Officers only caught two. They canvassed the wooded area but could not find the other dog or the three other people.

Candy will be rehabilitated at the Telegraph Road Animal Hospital. In a few weeks, she will be up for adoption through that hospital.

Comments (37)
  1. Stacey V-AwarenessHelps Citraro says:

    OMG!! When will it end??!! These poor souls!!! I’m glad they are getting stricter this is what we need!!!! 0 TOLERANCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If I had it my way, I would say and eye for an eye!!! People who abuse animals deserve no place in this world!!!!!!!!!! |

  2. Collie mom says:

    Unimaginable that anyone would think it is fun to cause such pain and suffering to an animal. This puppy was not going to be able to defend itself, even if it had that sort of temperament. Someone was not only harming it, but starving it too. I can’t imagine the pain and suffering and fear that puppy felt, and it was unable to help itself. These are the lowest of the low; it frightens me to see that there seem to be large numbers of people who think this is fun. Stupid, mean people – thier future isn’t going to get better. We need tougher laws and more vigilant neighbors. Thanks to whom ever called police to help this puppy.

  3. derrickman says:

    They think it’s fun, let them rot in jail for a few years & see how much fun it is. Any bets that this is the work of the infamous “Porch Monkey crowd”? If they’re minors, lock up the parents also & give the kids names. We the public have & demand a right to know who is committing crimes against society.

  4. Jeanne Clarke says:

    Sixteen is old enough to be tried as an adult. Let them get the full penalty for what they did. Hopefully this puppy is young enough to be rehabbed and socialized and end up in a loving home.

  5. K.B. says:

    You people give these animals more rights than humans, Its a sport in most countries, why dont anyone complain about the way they treat bulls in the PBR or the animals in the circus, I bet you all watch horseracing, They get beat with wands all the time….

    1. derrickman says:

      K.B. Why don’t you go & beat off.

      1. doglover says:

        derrick, why dont you stop being a racist

    2. Willie man hanging says:

      Doglover, I’ll stop being racist when these thugs start being responsible & held accountable for their actions. Uphold the law & not be cruel to animals & society.

    3. Antoinette Esposito says:

      THEY NEED MORE RIGHTS THEN HUMANS! People are stupid, and grimey and selfish and have NO hearts what so ever. I say treat the people the way there treating these animals! in other countries they chop your hand off for stealing so whats that mean?! people are so ignorant these days….HAVE A HEART!

      1. Nicole.W says:

        tell em twon.!!!

    4. spoda says:

      Let me guess, youi’re an “African Amarican”. TNB

    5. urnotfunny says:

      K.B. – you’re a moron!!

    6. M says:

      Correction to my own post: the thugs who set Phoenix on fire did not get acquitted, it was a mistrial, apparently because one juror did not think it to be animal cruelty to set a dog on fire….. There are so many cases of animal cruelty across the US and people get away with it with a slap on their hands, if even that. For example, dog set on fire while giving birth to her puppies, no arrests made to this day, even though there is a suspect. Google it. There is little justice for animals.

      “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Mahatma Gandhi.

  6. Kristin says:

    Well just a few weeks ago, two teenagers were given a mistrial and received no punishment for the same crime. Therefore these teenagers know they can do whatever they want and get away with it. Bad example.

    1. rdnkkkgrl says:

      thats maryland for ya we need to b a common wealth state id just take em out back and shoot the kids who did this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2. TB says:

      Hi Kristin, isn’t it great though that even though there was a mistrial the State’s Attorney has decided to set up a new trial for the young men who harmed Phoenix. It is not just about the dog though is it? The reason is to see that justice is served regarding a violent crime be it perpetrated on either a person or an animal.

  7. urnotfunny says:

    Let’s take these f’ers out in the field and make them fight each other, but we’ll have to starve them first, like they did that poor innocent little puppy. Trash – that’s all they are. They’ll never amount to anything in life and will live off of the taxpayer.

  8. pigeon says:

    Brats who need to be taught a lesson in respecting/loving people (including theirselves), places & things (including animals). Perhaps 10 hours of volunteer work a week for one year at a vet’s or animal shelter/rescue site will open their eyes and, HOPEFULLY, turn their lives around to be responsible adults. Either they or their parents need to reimburse the facility for expenses related to rehabilitating the dog. Parents also need to be responsible for knowing the whereabouts of their children, curtailing their “running around” and be more diligent in knowing who their children are “running around” with.

  9. bernard F Mc Kernan says:

    The parents for the most part are hopeless uncaring addicts to begin so how can they help what they breed.

  10. Patricia Smith says:

    thanks to those of you who have the “no snitch” code of dishonor, now animals are being abused.

  11. Barbara says:

    I do agree with holding the parents accountable amd or the teens.In my teen we neve even gave a thought to abuse. What ever the cause of the teens acting out this way is criminal. Do we have enough jails? I only ask that as we have so many youths getting into trouble. Maybe it should be that is a single parent on Welfare keep thy’r kids inline or cut them off. This is a drug to them. I also think that a community should put their butts to work. Kereping parks clean and roadsides eyc.Hive them somthing to do.

  12. Stephen halczuk says:

    When are our representatives in md going to wake up and do something to battle this illegal dogfighting. A taskforce doesn’t do any good if you can’t follow up with a good punishment. If half as much money and manpower went into dogfighting and violent crimes as you spend on drinking and driving we would have a safe state.

  13. hermanthegerman says:

    Never mind blaming the politicians & others, have the decency to be responsible & held accountable. Stop making excuses & blaming for your lousy parenting. Do you hear me out there welfare momma’s, Coons, porch monkeys, jungle bunnies?

    1. Kell says:

      Hermanthegerman azzhole not all blcks r idiots I hate niggas myself but I love african americans im also blk n proud to b n I agree anyone who brings harm to a innocent animal should b held liable however far as u callin blks porch monkeys jungle bunnies n whatever eles ur racist azz can thnk of I hope u/r the next victim of a jungle bunnie/porch munkey

      1. hermanthegerman says:

        Kell , from your spelling & sentence structure, I can see a bright future for you at McDonalds or cutting my lawn BOY!

    2. Kell says:

      Hermanthegerman!!!!!! I intented for my words to b spelled like that just as I intented to call u an azzhole as for cutting ur grass I have a landscaping company cutting mine that should tell u sumthng harvard u racist b!%ch

  14. outkasts says:

    Hunters kill animals everyday and no one says a word !Most of you eat animals for dinner and no one says a word….Most of you support U.S. wars and you hate to see your PETS abused…You all are the cause of these problems.

  15. Ellice Cannon says:

    There is a big difference between hunting and abusing. Someone that would abuse a innocent animal will abuse people.

  16. teresa says:

    i agree kell i dont get people sorry you had to see this

  17. TB says:

    Oh my goodness, I have just read all these comments and I am bewildered not only by the perpetration of a violent crime but the way that everyone is having a go at each other losing sight of the common reason of abuse that brought each person here in the first place. The abuse of any creature, be it human or animal, is abhorrent to me. I don’t condone this in any country or “sporting” activity and do my best to speak out and put my name to any issue concerning cruelty or discrimination. The racist name calling is beyond me. Each culture, race, community finds within it’s walls “people” who lack humanity, break the law, do not have a sense of community and conscience and do wrong.. I do not live in Baltimore, I live in Australia, and after reading so much about the level of crime in your city I can certainly understand the residents frustrations and fears. However, I am imagine those fears are held by people of all creeds and colour living in Baltimore. Perhaps the banding together of like minded people regardless of race or skin colour is your greatest asset is combating crime and enforcing change in your city. I work with children every day and the most important thing I try to instill within them is to be a good person, stand up for those who are being victimised and respect the differences between each other as we all (and i have lots of different nationalities in my centre) deserve to feel safe and cared for. These crimes are a blot on the page for humankind but please do not allow them to change the humanity every citizen of the world should show each other. Thanks for listening and I guess after seeing the comments on this page I should probably prepare for the barrage of comments about to come my way 🙂

    1. hermanthegerman says:

      TB,….MYOB!…..Shut the F….k up & stay in your bloody flooded, hot sweaty land that is a desert for the most part, racist to no end against the native aborigines & outsiders. Stinking crocs, snakes, hurricanes, bad government but decent health care. Throw stones from your own glass house lady.

      1. TB says:

        PS I am not sure everyone here would agree with you about the health care but thanks for the gold star sweetie 😛

  18. M says:

    K.B., “us people” do not give animals more rights than humans, and that is why most people get so upset about animal cruelty, because there is no justice for the animals. Set a human on fire and you get locked away for life. Set a dog on fire and get acquitted, like the two thugs in Baltimore responsible for the death of poor Phoenix. And I bet you all of “us people” have done more in our lives to fight animal cruelty than you would ever do in ten lifetimes. It would be great if everybody could be vegetarian, but if you fail to see the difference between killing an animal humanely for food, and torturing an animal and laughing about it, then there is something seriously wrong with you.

    “The worst thing that can happen to a child is for him to harm an animal and get away with it. Animal cruelty kills respect for life.” Margaret Mead, American Anthropologist.

    “Of all the creatures, man is the most detestable.
    Of the entire brood, he’s the one that possesses malice.
    He is the only creature that inflicts pain for sport, knowing it to be pain.
    The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to the other creatures;
    but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot.”
    Mark Twain

    1. M says:

      Correction to my own post: the thugs who set Phoenix on fire did not get acquitted, it was a mistrial, apparently because one juror did not think it to be animal cruelty to set a dog on fire….. There are so many cases of animal cruelty across the US and people get away with it with a slap on their hands, if even that. For example, dog set on fire while giving birth to her puppies, no arrests made to this day, even though there is a suspect. Google it. There is little justice for animals.

      “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Mahatma Gandhi.

      1. TB says:

        Hi M, I have always really like both of the quotes on your comments as they always hit home with me.

        I was relieved when I received my letter from State’s Attorney, Greg Bernstein, rgarding the advice of another trial to be held after the first mistrail in regards to Phoenix.

        I appreciate your sense of morality and justice be it for either man or beast. I guess the hardest thing to do is to just “keep on fighting the good fight” and it is heartening to see that you are doing just that.

        Regards, Tania

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