Domestic abuse directed to animals – a growing trend?

The Star-Ledger recently ran an article concerning the disturbing trend of abusers turning their wrath on family pets as a means to punish family members or others.

This is another area where there is strong connection between the abuse of animals and these same individuals abusing people as well – typically children and spouses, as this kind of person is usually a coward at heart.

From the Star-Ledger article on

“”Abuse experts and animal advocates say there is a greater need to cross-train law enforcement officials and social service workers to make them aware that when one form of violence is present, another form is likely.””

Several cases are reviewed in the story, including one where a man beat and kick the family greyhound to death during a domestic dispute.


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