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- TV and online ads promote pet adoption and spay/neuter services

Baltimore Ravens defensive lineman Brandon Williams is known as a tough, hard-hitting rival within the NFL, but bring him a kitten or a cute dog and he’s all cuddles and playtime.

An animal lover through and through, Brandon was delighted to help Baltimore County Animal Services (BCAS) encourage people to open their hearts to homeless cats and dogs and to take advantage of low-cost vaccinations and spay/neuter services offered by the County.


Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced today the launch of a new public service outreach campaign called, “Not Always a Tough Guy,” which features the six-foot-one, 335-pound Brandon nuzzling an armload of kittens and giving a playful pit bull a big smooch on the forehead. Brandon comments in the ad, “Even tough guys get their pets spayed and neutered.”

“We are so pleased that Brandon stepped up to lend his support and star power to help us get the word out about our great success story with our Animal Services team and their services for pets,” Kamenetz said. The County recently revamped its Animal Services' programs and approach, including completing a new $6.6 million, 22,400 square-foot animal shelter in Baldwin. The new facility doubles the space and provides a modern facility for the animals and animal adopters. This has resulted in an historic drop in the number of animals being euthanized.

“I am grateful to Brandon for helping us get the word out about the animal services we offer in Baltimore County,” said Baltimore County Director of Health and Human Services Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch. “From a public health perspective, educating residents on the importance of spaying and neutering their cats and dogs is vital to reducing overpopulation and the spread of diseases.”

“Brandon was absolutely great to work with, he was excited about the facility and loved interacting with the animals,” said Animal Services Director Melissa Jones, V.M.D. “We really appreciate his partnering with us as something of a celebrity ambassador for Animal Services.”


Free public event offers information and resources

The Baltimore County Department of Health will hold its 17th Annual Behavioral Health Town Hall Meeting and Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 19 at Oregon Ridge Park’s Lodge (13401 Beaver Dam Road) in Cockeysville, Maryland.

The purpose of this event is to provide participants with information about tobacco cessation and peer recovery support while:

  • Learning about behavioral health resources in Baltimore County.
  • Receiving information and resources on wellness and health-related topics from panelists.
  • Participating in a question and answer open forum.
  • Hearing from keynote speaker Carlos DiClemente, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Behavioral Health disorders are common health conditions that impact many County residents. Baltimore County has a comprehensive network of mental health and substance abuse services including outpatient, residential, rehabilitation, case management, and crisis services, as well as specialized programs for both children and adults. Over 19,000 clients a year receive services in the Baltimore County behavioral health system.

The event is free and open to the public. For additional information about this event, contact Venus Rankin-Waters, LCSW-C with the Department of Health at 410-887-3828 or To reserve a vendor table, contact Susan Parks with the Mental Health Association of Maryland at 410-235-1178 ext. 205 or

For information on behavioral health services in Baltimore County, call 410-887-3828 or visit

105,000 gallons released into stream near commercial area

Yesterday at approximately 2 p.m. Baltimore County Utility crews responded to a sanitary sewage overflow from a sewer manhole near Recycle Way and York Road, controlling the overflow at 3:30 p.m. Approximately 105,000 gallons were released into nearby Parke Run Tributary, a stream running near the commercial area and north of Recycle Way.

The sanitary sewer overflow occurred when utility crews were in the process of cleaning a sanitary sewer line. Crews installed a pump to stop the flow by 3:30 p.m. and then dislodged debris by 4 p.m.

The Baltimore County Department of Health has issued a water contact alert for the stream and will monitor water quality at the site and post further updates on the department’s website:


Revised September 26, 2016