Research specifically designed to assess the relation between animal abuse and child maltreatment is meager yet compelling in its implications. For example, a study by DeViney, Dickert, and Lockwood of 53 New Jersey families that met State criteria for substantiated child abuse and neglect and had pets in their homes revealed that in 60 percent of these families, pets were also abused or neglected. Animal abuse was significantly higher 88 percent in families where child physical abuse was present than in families where other forms of child maltreatment e.
Contract killer Richard Kuklinski abused animals as a youth.
Animal abusers mistreat children as well. Jonas and Michael R.
Smith faced felony charges after authorities reportedly discovered their two children as well as three dogs in their filthy home. Not only was there a tethered dog outside the home who had been deprived of food and water but also a 3-month-old boy lying near piles of feces, trash, and rotten food, a half-clothed toddler and two additional dogs.
Upon entering the home, authorities found 40 parasite-ridden dogs living amid 6 inches of feces on property. They also found that three children ages 3, 10, and 15 lived in the horrific conditions as well.
Mass murderers also had animal cruelty in their backgrounds. Sadistic killers also followed a similar pattern. The recent arrest of Interpol fugitive Luka Magnotta served as a rude reminder that animal cruelty is not a crime to be taken lightly.
Magnotta was arrested in Germany for murdering, mutilating and cannibalizing a young man in Montreal, Canada. Magnotta recorded video of the murder, then posted it on the Internet.
For two years prior, animal activists had been searching for a young man who had posted videos of himself online, torturing and killing cats. Montreal law enforcement has since identified the animal abuser as Magnotta. Analyses by sociologists, psychologists and criminologists during the past 25 years show that perpetrators of animal cruelty frequently do not stop with animal victims.
Many will move on to commit acts of violence against humans.The Animal Abuse-Human Violence Connection "One of the most dangerous things that can happen to a child is to kill or torture an animal and get away with it." In assessing youth at risk of becoming violent, the U.S.
Department of Justice stresses a history of animal abuse. Animal cruelty is connected to many forms of human violence including domestic violence, elder abuse, child abuse, and crimes such as murder, arson, and rape. One study found that in 88% of homes with abused children, animal abuse or neglect was also occurring.
Alternate Title: Juvenile Justice Bulletin: Animal Abuse and Youth Violence From A Message from OJJDP [Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention]: "Although legal definitions of animal abuse vary, it is a crime in every State, and many States have enacted laws establishing certain forms of cruelty to animals as felony offenses.
definition of animal abuse or cruelty to Animal Abuse and Youth Violence Frank R.
Ascione The past two decades have witnessed a resurgence of interest in the relation between cruelty to animals, or animal abuse, and serious violent behavior, espe-cially among youthful offenders. As an. Animal abuse also has a strong connection to domestic violence.
Victim’s dogs and cats are often used by abusers as pawns to manipulate and control them. In an abusive home, a companion animal may serve as a lone confidant for an abused woman or child and, by abusing the animal, an abuser is taking advantage of the victim’s concern for his.
Animal abuse often also coincides with domestic violence, and as unfortunate as it is, many students do not receive lessons on empathy at home—making it even more important for teachers to include lessons on kindness to animals in their classrooms.