Late in the afternoon of Aug. 6, neighbors said they spotted Derrick Chambers beating a miniature pinscher, clubbing the dog repeatedly with a pipe in the 4000 block of W. Franklin St. in West Baltimore. A min-pin is a small breed of dog that typically weighs less than 10 pounds. According to police documents, Chambers weighs 260 pounds.
When police arrived at the scene, they found the dog, lifeless, with a cord around his neck. He had been stuffed into a plastic bag that had been tossed into the bed of Chamber's pickup truck. When police realized the dog was still alive (barely) they rushed it to the city animal shelter, where veterinarians found he had a broken right leg, shattered ribs, a broken jaw and missing teeth. He was bleeding from the head. Doctors euthanized the dog within the hour.
Chambers was charged with four counts of animal cruelty, one of which was a felony. If convicted of all charges, he would have faced nearly four years in jail and $8,000 in fines. Instead, at his Sept. 8 trial, prosecutors agreed to "stet" the charges, meaning they would drop the case if Chambers stays out of trouble and performs 50 hours of community service at the Maryland SPCA.
Tell Procecutor Randi Lifson we expect animal abusers to be convicted, and the crime of animal abuse to be taken seriously. The prosecutor had substantial evidence to try this case, but instead, dropped the ball and sent this violent criminal to work with personnel unable provide therapy for and to work with someone for this type of rehabilitation. "You would never send a child molester to volunteer with the Boy Scouts", said Caroline Griffin, chairwoman of Baltimore's Anti-Animal Abuse Task Force.
State Procecutor's Office, Maryland
Prosecutor Randi Lifson300 E Joppa Road # 410Baltimore, MD 21286-3005
Baltimore, MD Metro Area
Phone: (410) 321-4067