News and Media
Published: September 18, 2013
When Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake let it be known that she would not endorse her own Anti-Animal Abuse Advisory Commission’s 2012 Annual Report and not put it on the administration’s website, Caroline Griffin, the commission’s chair, resigned in protest. The report is damning, detailing a police department that dropped the ball on animal-cruelty enforcement after Commissioner Anthony Batts took the helm last summer. The State’s Attorney’s Office also stalled and City Health Director Oxiris Barbot did not attend a commission meeting for 18 months. Griffin’s resignation got the attention of the media, and the report got published. It’s too bad that the city’s best people have to fall on their swords in order to get the slightest action out of City Hall.