An important study has been reviewed in an article on the KJCT8.com website, a study that relates to the relationship between those who abuse kids with those who engage in acts of animal cruelty.
A study by researchers Deviney, Dickert, and Lockwood indicates 88 percent of cases of animal cruelty are found in homes where children have faced abuse. And the article also cites a study showing 71 percent of battered women have reported a family pet was also “threatened, hurt or killed.”
We’ve seen other studies that show abusers often move from abusing animals to abusing family members or other people and too often threats to pets or other family members are used to hold someone hostage to the relationship.
It is another reason why cases of animal abuse should be taken VERY seriously.
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