The Extent of Animal Cruelty
- In the last 12 years, law enforcement agencies have opened at least 19,000 animal cruelty cases. Thousands more go unreported.
- Abandonment and neglect account for approximately 32 percent of cruelty cases.
- Less than 25 percent of animal cruelty cases result in a conviction.
- Forty-eight states have felony provisions for animal cruelty.
- Animal abusers are five times more likely to commit violent crimes against people and four times more likely to commit property crimes than are individuals without a history of animal abuse.
- In domestic violence situations, women are often afraid to leave the home out of fear the abuser will harm the family pet.
How You Can Prevent Cruelty
- Report suspected cases of neglect and hoarding to your local animal control agency. [Don’t be afraid to speak up for an innocent animal that cannot speak up or go for help on it’s own.]
- Provide your pets with proper food, water, shelter and veterinarian care, and encourage others to do the same. [In a nice kind way educate people by offering free advise on how to care for their animals.]
- Give some much-needed attention to homeless and unwanted animals by volunteering at your local shelter. [Remember even an hour or two of your time a week can help animal shelters who need help care for the animals they are responsible for; it’s a big job and they need all the help they can get.]
- When there is an animal cruelty case in your community, encourage the prosecutor to take a strong position and submit a letter to the editor of your local paper.
- Become a member of a reputable animal organization that fights the abuse of animals.