Pack of animal news links for Sunday

Let’s start the morning with a few news links from a variety of topics –

Here’s another take on the connection between animal abuse and crimes against people, by Bonney Brown, the executive director of the Nevada Humane Society. The column was posted Saturday on RGJ.com.

Brown notes there is a “strong link between animal abuse and serious crimes, including drug trafficking, domestic violence, rape and homicide.”

And she reports – “The American Psychiatric Association considers animal cruelty one of the diagnostic criteria of conduct disorder, and the U.S. Department of Justice uses animal abuse as a marker for youth at risk of violent behavior.”

And I really like her quote from Chief Seattle – “Man does not weave this web of life. He is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself. All things are bound together. All things are connected.”

In Hendersonville, NC, a push is on to enact stronger anti-cruelty ordinances, to ban the tethering of dogs, as reported by the Times-News.

More cities and counties are looking at this issue. This cruel practice should be banned everywhere. In many cases where bans have been enacted, tethering is allowed if the dog is supervised – and tethering is allowed for only set time periods each day.

What people are trying to ban is the cruel practice of chaining dog 24/7.

The topic of hoarding is getting increased play in the media, in two areas – with animals and in homes full of objects and trash.

ABC News is reporting about 25 percent of animal hoarders started out as rescuers before things got out of hand. I think, for these people, it becomes a “I’ve got to save them all” mentality. Individually, we can’t save them all. We’ve all got to work together, to rescue what we can and change laws and education the masses.

Check out this story and visit back here to offer your thoughts on hoarding.

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