Animal Cruelty Can Lead Future Domestic Violence
June 20, 2005, 03:37 PM
Reported by Marco Gonzalez
Violence in the home can often begin with small acts of cruelty against those who can't fight back.
Now, the humane society is taking action to put a stop to abuse early on and protect the animals who are often an abuser's first victims.
There's a definite relationship between cruelty to animals and violence against persons.
Many who are abusive at home, began these dangerous habits early on, taking their anger out on their pets stoning a cat, dumping puppies in trash.
To spread awareness on the issue, an animal cruelty workshop was held at the Rio Grande Museum in Harlingen.
Jay Sabatucci of the U.S. Human Soceity says, "We're trying to speak to local law enforcement, animal control officers, workers anyone who deals with domestic violence. We're trying to teach them that animal cruelty is a serious crime."
According to the humane society, animal cruelty comes in two forms.
"There's passive cruelty, which is usually born out of ignorance or a lack of financial resources," Sabatucci explains.
Ignorance in not understanding basic costs.
Food, shelter and day-to-day care, all add up.
Costly necessities that should be understood before adding a pet to your life.
And then there's those who deliberately torture, beat or kill animals.
Rachel Vasquez who works at the humane society of Harlingen says, "I think what we mainly see is passive, which many see as an old age type of cruelty, so as far as the heat, shelter not enough water."
Pets make great companions, but remaining smart when it comes to handling them, is a must.
"I think what needs to be done is they need to more or less see the animal as a family member, so exactly the conditions you wouldn't want your own family members to go through, don't put your animals in those conditions also," says Vasquez.
With the summer temperatures already reaching 100 degrees and the heat index climbing even higher, making sure your pet is not sweltering in the heat is a start.