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19 March 2000 Issue

How Does Animal Cruelty Relate To Other Crimes?
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1) A woman wrapped packaging tape around her dog's mouth with a toy inside and left the dog in the backyard on a hot June day, where he died of heat stroke. Witnesses said the woman had beaten her children severely in the yard and several complaints had been filed with child protective services.
Source: Akrow, P. "Breaking the Cycles of Violence - A Practical Guide:, The Latham Foundation, 1995, p. 6.

2) Three juveniles beat their mother's dog close to death with metal baseball bats. The mother revealed that all three had been arrested for trying to extort money from a 12 year old boy; when he refused, they severely beat him with metal baseball bats.
Source: Akrow, P. "Breaking the Cycles of Violence - A Practical Guide:, The Latham Foundation, 1995, p. 6.

3) A gun collector who was nicknamed "Killer" for boasting about shooting hundreds of animals, was indicated in the deaths of two outdoorsmen. He emerged as a suspect after agents tailed a man they said spent his weekends drinking beer, cruising remote roads and shooting at utility poles and road signs, and killing more than 1,000 animals, including cats, dogs and cattle.
Source: Plone, C. "Jurors indict avowed animal-killer in slaying of two anglers", The Morning News Tribune, January, 23, 1993, p. B6

4) Animal control officers received an anonymous complaint that a pit bull was being kept in a filthy yard without adequate food, water or shelter. Upon entering the house, the officers found a woman, her two young children and her double-amputee mother living in squalid conditions with no running water or electricity. Human filth and garbage filled the bathroom and the kitchen was virtually bare. Police officers were notified and authorities took the children and dog into care while the mother was entered into a drug treatment program.
Source: Personal Communication, Donna Marsden, Washington Humane Society, Washington, D.C., 1997.

SOURCE: The Violence Connection: An Examination Of The Link Between Animal Abuse And Other Violent Crimes. Produced by The Doris Day Animal League 1997
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