Research clearly shows that abuse towards animals is an indicator of future violence including child abuse and domestic violence.
2000-2007 there were 8,664 reported canine abuse cases, Pit Bulls made up more
than 20% of those cases.1
- 88 percent of homes where children were physically abused,
pets were mistreated too.2
At a battered women’s shelter, 71% of women reported
animal abuse by their partner.3
Animal cruelty problems are
people problems. When animals are abused, people are at risk.4
- Street fighting occurs
in economically challenged neighborhoods.5
- 70% of animal abusers also had records for other crimes.6
3. Battered Women’s Reports of Their Partners’ and Their Children’s Cruelty to Animals, Frank R. Ascione, Journal of
Emotional Abuse, Volume 1, Issue 1 July 1997 , pages 119 – 133
4. Arkow, P. (1996). The relationships between animal abuse and other forms of family violence. Family Violence &
Sexual Assault Bulletin 12(1-2), 29-34.
6. Luke, C., Arluke,
A., & Levin, J. (1998). Cruelty to
Animals and Other Crimes: A Study by the MSPCA and Northeastern University.