Dizzy Grant Shows His Softer Side

Athletes show their "soft side" in a campaign against animals abuse.

Posted: December 11, 2011 8 a.m, EDT

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 Dizzy Grant and Boxer Saber img from "Show Your Soft Side"
Dizzy Grant, star dribbler for the Harlem Globetrotters, and his dog Saber are the newest faces of “Show Your Soft Side,” a promotional campaign created by the City of Baltimore to combat animal abuse.

Dizzy and Saber, a 2½-year-old Boxer, will be the subject of billboards, print ads and posters with the tagline, “Only a punk would hurt a cat or a dog.”

Grant is one of four professional athletes to pose with their pets for the campaign, joining Baltimore Raven Jarret Johnson, Baltimore Oriole Adam Jones, and MMA fighter John Rallo.

“Show Your Soft Side” was developed to combat the alarming incidence of animal abuse in Baltimore, according to the Mayor’s Anti-Animal Abuse Advisory Commission, which spearheaded the campaign. Since many of the more horrific cases have been perpetrated by teens, the Commission looked for ways to change the mindset of young people who think maiming and torturing defenseless dogs and cats is a sign of “toughness” or “manhood.”

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