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Md. Man Honored For Leading Police To Animal Abuse Suspects

BALTIMORE (WJZ)—After one of the most brutal cases of animal abuse in Baltimore City, a man is honored for helping lead police to the suspects.

Jessica Kartalija reports his help eventually led to a conviction.

It’s been close to a year since three children—ages 10 and 11—beat a puppy to death with a belt and stick on a Baltimore City golf course.

A Carroll Park employee found the pit bull and called police.

On Wednesday, that groundskeeper was honored for leading police to the suspects and eventually a conviction.

Robert Widerman accepted a $3,000 check for his heroism.

“If you feel you need to go forward with something that’s a crime, do what you need to do,” Widerman said.

This case happened days after a dog lost an eye when she was attacked with a machete, and a pit bull named Phoenix was burned alive, then later died.

Many of these cases involve children and teens.

“It’s very important abusers are held accountable, whether they are 10 years old or 50 years old,” said Caroline Griffin, Anti-Animal Abuse Task Force. “That starts with the public reporting these crimes.”

Baltimore’s Anti-Animal Abuse Task Force says these tips have led to a sharp decline in the number of abuse cases in recent months.

“We think people understand they will be prosecuted if they commit these crimes,” said Kevin Usilton, Director, Baltimore City Animal Control. “The other great thing is, citizens are calling in and reporting it.”

As for the three children involved in that case, they were found responsible. Because they are minors, information on the penalties they face is not available to the public.

The city is urging anyone who witnesses an animal being abused to call police.

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  1. betsy says:

    I bet these little brats got a slap on the wrist.. This poor guy better be careful. The kids will probably get big brother or daddy after him. How sad. Maybe we should string these kids up and do to them what they did to the puppy.

  2. Dewey says:

    What? Who are these demons? What person inflicts pain on a living creature while enjoying it??? Not a human, this is really scary to think they are even considered children, they are murderers!!!

  3. Robin says:

    If I Ever Know Of Anyone To Do This Or Any Abuse To A Animal I Will Lead The Cops To Their arrest. I Am Not Scare Of Anybody. Thats What These Little Brats Need.

  4. urnotfunny says:

    Please, these little pieces of S**t aren’t held accountable. There is no law that says you can’t tell people what supposed punishment they got as long as you don’t release their names. More BS we’re being told.

  5. Doug says:

    If they’re beating puppies to death at 10 years old,
    I’d have these rotten devils put down,
    because by the time they are adults,
    they’ll have killed all possible living things,and
    are the type to kill their own parents.
    Hurl them into the Soylent Green hopper,
    and make use of them.

  6. Kelly says:

    I would make sure the kids and their parents went through EXTENSIVE counseling to break this horrible cycle of cruelty. I don’t know if it would make a difference but I wouldn’t let them out of counseling until they all passed a psych evaluation! Then I would make them all do public service at the local shelters!

  7. Doug says:

    At the very least,castrate the boys and their parents,
    for obvious reasons.
    Society can ill afford to have any further breeding from their type.

  8. brenda walsh says:

    Thank you Robert Widerman for your compassion.

    May the little turds that murdered that puppy be dealt a serious blow from karma.

  9. Patricia Adams Messina says:

    What a horrible thing to do to a animal.. they cant defend themselves against this. You can bet these brat will get off way to easily .. they need a good scare. put them somewhere so they will learn something .. if thats possible.. Poor animals.. out there just trying to stay alive and these SICK people torture them like that .. makes me ill…

  10. RDNKKKGRL says:

    THEY NEED TO PUT THE LITTLE BRATS IN A SCARED STRAIGHT PROGRAM COME ON NOW THAT YOUNG BEATING ON DOGS……YEAH THEYLL DEFINITLY GROW UP TO B JUVENILE DELINQUENT MURDERERS WHO WILL KILL THERE PARENT IT MAKES U WONDER…………………WARE WOULD THEY HAVE LEARNED TO DO STUFF LIKE THAT…………HMMMM MAYB FROM THERE PARENTS!!!

  11. Nanci Ryan says:

    only time in my life I hit someone was coming upon a kid kicking a six week old pit puppy. I have never been so angry. The only thing that stopped me was the need to get the puppy care. I fostered and it was a happy ending..but where are the parents? kids in Baltimore don’t have any? Neuter those kids and lock them up.

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