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As lead prosecutor for the Animal Abuse Unit in Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office, Adam Lippe’s work has had a profound effect on his kids. Not surprisingly, when tasked with creating a school service project, they chose to craft humane slip leashes for first responders. The rope came compliments of April Doherty, lead investigator for the Animal Abuse Unit, who just happened to be a passionate animal-lover and climber. She approached EarthTreks Columbia and they agreed to donate all of their used climbing rope.

The first batch, assembled in the Lippe’s basement, went to a local sheriff’s department and were so enthusiastically received that more requests started pouring in. As Adam and his kids continued to tweak and improve the initial design, the project caught the attention of Pet+ ER, a 24/7 emergency animal hospital in Baltimore. Having seen one too many animals dragged into their waiting room on catch poles, or having to treat dogs who were hit by cars because rescuers lacked the means to contain them, they offered to help.

Today, production is a team effort among Adam, April and their respective families, who make the slip leashes by hand, EarthTreks Columbia and Crystal City, which donate the rope, Pet ER+, which donates production equipment and connectors, and Show Your Soft Side, which covers shipping. It’s a rare collaboration of the public, private and non-profit sectors joining forces to make life a little kinder – and safer – for the animals that grace our lives.

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Just having it handy is a constant reminder that animal abuse is often an indicator of other crimes.”

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The order process is pretty easy. You want it, we make it, you get it. And they’re absolutely free to any and all first responders.

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As requests have continued to grow – from within the United States to as far away as the Grand Bahamas – so have our costs.

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