TOWSON, Md. (WBFF) – A newly-released report gives a critical review of the Baltimore County Animal Services Department.
According to the review, some department practices are putting animals and people at risk.
An advisory commission created by the Baltimore County Council made that report public at Monday nightâs council meeting.
Members of the Baltimore County Animal Services Commission presented council members with its 20-page report.
The review is critical of the countyâs animal services department, including claims that, for the past two years, animal services failed to investigate numerous reports of animal cruelty and neglect.
âLess than a dozen had been reported in that two years, which, compared to other jurisdictions, is extraordinarily low,â said Joy Freedman, a commission member.
The report also revealed animal services has transferred many of its critical duties to Baltimore County Police, which the commission says is unprepared, with no training to handle those responsibilities.
âAs a result, people in the community are being put in danger,â said Commission Chair Deborah Hess. âIf there is an aggressive dog in your neighborhood, if you have someone who is hoarding animals in their home in your neighborhood, you will have a very difficult time getting any help.”
The commission says the case of Oscar, a dog found dead in December in Arbutus after being left outside in the cold, triggered the commission’s closer look at the agency.
âI donât think thereâs any doubt that the leadership of the animal facility needs to be replaced,â said Baltimore County Councilman Wade Kach.
Fred Homan, the county administrative officer who oversees animal services, said heâs open to a county audit of the agency.
But the commission is calling for the council to conduct an independent investigation.