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County Executive Leopold Condemns Dog Fighting and Urges Citizens to Come Forward

Annapolis (January 20, 2010) - County Executive John R. Leopold today condemned the acts of those who were arrested for engaging in dog fighting and urged residents to report animal abuse.

“Animals are innocent victims of violence who deserve to be protected,” County Executive Leopold said.  “It is our duty as citizens and human beings to be vigilant about this kind of behavior and to report animal abuse to law enforcement.  This Administration established the citizen Animal Welfare Council to educate the public about the mistreatment of animals, and I will continue to work with that group to fight cruelty and abuse.”

County Police arrested four men in Lothian and charged them with animal cruelty, dog fighting, mutilating animals, dog fighting spectator, trespassing and counterfeiting, after receiving a disorderly conduct call last week.  Officers witnessed men actively watching and conducting a dog fight in a wooded area.

“This is a horrific and disgusting act,” said Wendy Cozzone, chairman of the Animal Welfare Council.  “At the hands of these people, the dogs pay the ultimate price. There is nothing more heartbreaking than to see a dog pulled away from a dog fight and those poor eyes looking up at you, while spectators are dancing on their dollar bills.”

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