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Athletes, Mayor Launch Anti-Animal Abuse Campaign

BALTIMORE (WJZ)—The city of Baltimore is stepping up its effort to fight animal abuse with a new campaign.

Monique Griego was there for the kickoff which had some famous faces showing their soft side.

Even tough guys love animals.

“Animals are part of society, and they have rights also,” said Baltimore Oriole MVP Adam Jones.

Jones and his dog Missy are only part of the famous athletes and their animals who are taking part in the “Show Your Softer Side” anti-animal abuse effort.

“Animal cruelty and dog fighting are crimes that must be taken seriously,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings –Blake, who kicked off the campaign Thursday in front of a crowd of two and four-legged friends.

It showcases hard athletes getting soft with their pets.

MMA fighter John Rallo and his cat Doobie posed for the cause. 

“People that can do these things to an innocent animal I just feel something’s wrong with them,” Rallo said.

The horrific case of Phoenix, a pit bull that was doused with gasoline and set on fire, is what prompted the city to take action against animal cruelty.

“I think it’s exciting that the city decided to attack this issue head on,” said Caroline Griffin.

Griffin heads up the Anti-Animal Abuse Commission. She says the campaign targets juveniles, who sometimes commit the worst cases of animal cruelty.

“I think young men think it’s a way of showing manhood, that they’re tough,” Griffin said.

The campaign will be pushed out to the community in several ways, including having the pictures as billboards across the city.

“If this is a way we can draw attention to this and punish people who are doing these things, I’m all for it,” Rallo said.

While this campaign hopes to create awareness, the city is also upping its efforts to investigate and prosecute animal abuse.

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  1. sheriff says:

    This is a good idea & the presence of a Black athlete who is looked up to in Baltimore hopefully will have a positive impact on the young kids that have been harming pets & especially kittens & pit bulls.

  2. Leigh Ann Erdman says:

    This is an awesome ad compaign. I have seen three of the ads and find them to be on-target. Great job!

  3. Bettyboop says:

    we definitely need people to speak up on this issue. It breaks my heart to hear these horrifying stories about animal abuse. these innocent cats & dogs need someone to speak up for them. I certainly commend this effort. .

  4. Lisa says:

    I am involved in rescue and I say Kuddos to Baltimore City Mayor Rawlings, Maryland professional athletes, and all involved in their new Anti-Animal Abuse Campaign. The new billboard with athletes and their pets and stern messages are great. Stiffer punishment for the abuse crimes and more investigation into the crimes are part of this campaign as well. I think this is wonderfulKuddos to Baltimore City Mayor Rawlings, Maryland professional athletes, and all involved in their new Anti-Animal Abuse Campaign. The new billboard with athletes and their pets and stern messages are great. Stiffer punishment for the abuse crimes and more investigation into the crimes are part of this campaign as well. I think this is wonderful. We as people have to take a stand and make a difference for the animals who cannot do it for themselves. I think a campaign like this is a long time in coming and much needed. I think every city across our nation and in every country there should be a campaigns like this and punishments for abusers. The time for animal cruely to no longer be tolerated is now!! I hope this sends a message to those who commit these crimes and I hope it has a positive reaction.

  5. Sharon Siter says:

    we need to share this w/ as many as possible!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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