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Keyword: animal abuse

UPDATE (April 27, 2018 1:09 p.m.):

Booking photo of Jerome Leudtke on animal cruelty chargeJerome Irvin Leudtke Jr. was located and arrested by detectives in the Baltimore County Police Precinct 11 Investigative Services Unit on Wednesday, April 25, at 1:35 p.m. Police believe Leudtke shaved his head in an effort to avoid apprehension. Leudtke remains incarcerated at the Baltimore County Detention Center, charged with Aggravated Cruelty to an Animal.

WANTED: (March 28, 2018 1:25 p.m.)

Jerome Irvin Luedtke, Jr

Baltimore County Police are asking for the public's assistance in locating Jerome Irvin Luedtke, Jr. (33), wanted on charges of Aggravated Cruelty to an Animal for beating a small dog to death with a glass bottle.

Police were called by staff to Pet ER on Cromwell Bridge Road on January 13 when Luedtke and a female roommate brought in their severely beaten Chihuahua for treatment around 6:30 a.m. with conflicting stories as to how the injuries to the dog were incurred.

Detectives have determined that Luedtke struck the dog, Ginger, numerous times with two different large glass bottles causing severe trauma to its head after the dog bit Luedtke in the hand. The roommate convinced Luedtke to take Ginger to Pet ER after a failed attempt at calling for an ambulance for the dog, where Ginger was subsequently euthanized due to the extent of the injuries.

A warrant was issued for Jerome Luedtke on January 29, but police have been unable to locate him and are now asking for the public's assistance. He is known to frequent the Essex Precinct area, having recently stayed in homes on Goodwood Avenue and Maryland Avenue.

Anyone with information on Luedtke's whereabouts is asked to contact police at 410-307-2020 or contact detectives in the Precinct 11 - Essex Investigative Services Unit at 410-887-0230.

Reward Offered

Metro Crime Stoppers, an organization that is separate from the Baltimore County Police Department and Baltimore County Government, offers rewards for information in connection with felony offenses.

Anonymous tips can be sent to Metro Crime Stoppers by phone, text message or online.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

Text message: Text "MCS" plus your message to "CRIMES" (274637)

Web tip: www.metrocrimestoppers.org

At a recent seminar on animal abuse, members of the Baltimore County Police Department, the Baltimore County Animal Services, the Office of the State's Attorney, and veterinarians met with various groups to discuss the problems associated with animal abuse and the correlations it has to further violent behavior, arguing for stricter enforcement and stronger laws.

During the daylong session, attendees were reminded that, in some cases, animal abuse is a precursor to domestic abuse. Oftentimes the victim in a domestic case is fearful of leaving the abusive situation because there is a pet at home. The abuser threatens the victim by threatening to harm or kill the pet if the victim leaves.

Another issue is the lack of shelters for the pets of the victims. That is starting to change. Social workers found that the victims will leave their home if they know there is a safe place for their pets. We forget that pets are part of the family and are loved. Finding shelter for household pets can become another difficult factor in the decision to leave an abusive relationship.

Animal abuse has been found to be a precursor to violence against other people. When investigators looked into the past of serial killers, they found that animal abuse is often the start of their criminal activity. Recent Texas serial shooter, Devin Kelley, was court-martialed in 2012 and sentenced to a year in prison for domestic assault on his stepson. He subsequently received a "bad conduct" discharge by the Air force. Kelley was arrested in 2014 for animal abuse after tormenting a dog by punching, hitting and throwing the defenseless animal. Other serial killers follow much the same path; they abuse animals and then proceed to abusing and killing people.

Our officers learned that if a child is found abusing animals, there may be something causing the violent and cruel behavior. Most likely there is physical abuse in the home, either of the child or another family member. The child copes by copying the same behavior as the abuser. However, studies have also shown that sexual abuse of a child also often leads the child to engage in the abuse of animals. Helping these children at an early age may prevent the escalation of violent behavior and future tragedies.

Prosecutors at the conference are working with police to go beyond the normal questions when handling a domestic violence call. Officers were told to inquire further regarding children and pets. With this information, our officers can make the necessary calls to the Department of Social Services. Officers can find out if there is an agency that can take the animals out of the home and place them in a safe environment while the children go with their abused parent. If the victim feels the children and pets will be safe, they will most likely leave with the officer and be taken to a safe house.

This is one of many conferences that Baltimore County Police attend to further their knowledge. As an officer and professional, it is important to keep up with the latest trends in crime prevention. Baltimore County Police constantly strive to make Baltimore County a safe and comfortable place to live and work.

The next edition of Police Report, the Baltimore County Police Department’s cable TV program, runs through October.

The topic in the opening segment is animal abuse and its impact on the community. Ms. April Doherty, Lead Animal Abuse Investigator for the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office, talks about animal abuse, neglect and cruelty and what the public can do if they encounter this crime.

The second segment profiles Precinct 12/Dundalk. Our guest is Captain Orlando Lilly, commander of Precinct 12/Dundalk. It includes discussions on enhancing community relations and the daily operations in the Dundalk area of Baltimore County. This segment also provides insight into some future changes that are being made at the precinct.

The program airs five days a week on Cable Channel 25, only in Baltimore County. The times are:

Monday: 10:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Wednesday: 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Thursday: Noon, 4 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m., 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Police Report is available if you would like to watch it on your own computer, on your own schedule.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017