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Baltimore shows its soft side in ‘Only a punk would hurt a cat or dog’ campaign

Oct 2, 2012, 1:36 PM EDT

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Evidently there’s an epidemic of animal abuse in Baltimore, so much so that the mayor’s office formed an anti-animal abuse task force in 2009. Since much of the abuse is being perpetrated by teens, the Show Your Soft Side campaign was created, with local sports figures lending their time and support for a series of ads and billboards to be shown in the Baltimore area.

That’s Orioles catcher Matt Wieters and friend in the photo right, and my favorite is below, featuring Harlem Globetrotter Derick ‘Dizzy’ Grant.

More info here.