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Life with companion animals

It’s NOT “just an animal” when someone abuses it

The Link and Violent Crimes

Law enforcement agencies and courts worldwide are recognizing that people who commit acts of serious animal abuse frequently have previous histories of, or future tendencies toward, violent crimes against humans.

(Received an email last night that one of our group’s cat colony caretaker’s had witnessed a drive-by shooting aimed at the cats she feeds – one cat was wounded, and I imagine that the caretaker was not worried only about what might happen next to the cats, but to herself. )
Children’s acts of animal abuse are some of the strongest and earliest diagnostic indicators of conduct disorder, often beginning as young as age six and a half (Ascione, 2001).

( I’ve always thought that we have a natural instinct to love furry animals – no one ever had to teach me to want to pet a kitten or a puppy. When something interferes with that natural instinct – like a parent teaching, on purpose or by action, that animals are to tortured instead of loved, there are consequences. Nasty consequences for all of us.)

The FBI identifies animal cruelty as one of several juvenile behaviors associated with increasingly violent behavior. The FBI uses reports of animal cruelty in analyzing the threat potential of suspected and known criminals (Lockwood & Church, 1996).

(If you ever read comments in online news forums, there’s always someone who says “it’s JUST an animal”, or “people shouldn’t get upset about animal abuse because there are so many children who are being abused” – as though humane people cannot fight against BOTH child abuse and animal abuse. When people rise up to show their disapproval and disgust for animal abusers, they ARE working to fight against child abuse, elder abuse, abuse and violence of all people – because a person who is vicious towards animals will be, or already is, vicious towards people. They need to be stopped.  They need to be shown that their behavior is totally unacceptable. They need intervention and therapy, but first they need to be identified and stopped.)

In a Massachusetts study, 70% of animal abusers had criminal records including crimes involving violence, property, drugs, or disorderly behavior (Arluke & Luke, 1997).
Half of school shooters have histories of animal cruelty (Verlinden, Herson, & Thomas, 2000).
Of search warrants executed for animal abuse or dog-fighting investigations, 35% resulted in seizure of either narcotics or guns.
Of 22 offenders arrested for animal abuse violations, 18 had prior arrests for battery, weapons, or drug charges and 5 had
subsequent arrests for felony offenses (Chicago Crime Commission, 2004).
Thirty-one percent of inner-city teens in Chicago have attended a dogfight (Cleveland, 2006).  (We’re all thinking it — the NEXT Michael Vick? )
Adults who keep vicious dogs are more likely to have been arrested for violent crimes and drug- and property-related offenses
(Barnes, Boat, Putnam, Dates, & Mahlman, 2006).
A Canadian police review of crime records found that 70% of people charged with cruelty to animals also had other reported
incidents of violent behavior, including homicide (Boat & Knight, 2000).

There’s more, much more — More info about The Link

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Sheriff Joe wants to let some 4-footed inmates out of jail

Sheriff Joe Arpaio hoping to find permanent homes for nearly 40 pitbulls

– Phoenix Arizona| ABC15 News


“…Though he is aiming to tackle the pitbull problem specifically, the Sheriff said over 200 animals (dogs, cats, horses and pigs) are living behind bars today.

Since Sheriff Arpaio opened the MASH unit (Maricopa County Animal Safe House) 10 years ago, over 1,500 animals have been incarcerated, usually for years at a time.

Arpaio says most of the animals live a good life in his jails — eating well, getting exercise and proper grooming — all thanks to work done by inmates.

Many of those inmates have benefited from the animals by getting work in the pet care industry upon their release from jail.

Since Arpaio’s jail is a no-kill animal shelter, pets like Queenie can be there an awfully long time.

“Years ago, I had a pink neon VACANCY sign erected above Tent City to tell the world that here in this county, there would always be room in jail for the bad guys,” Arpaio said. “The same thing is true for the dogs and cats we take in from abuse and neglect cases. We’ll always have room for them too. But to accomplish that goal, we need to get some of these animals adopted.”

Since opening day, the Sheriff’s MASH unit has operated almost completely on donations and not on tax payer monies.

With fewer people or families here adopting from the MASH unit, Arpaio is looking for creative ways to reduce the population of his adoptable animals.

The Sheriff uses resources such as long-haul truckers, his statewide inmate transportation vans and airplanes to drop the animals off at their new homes outside the Phoenix-Metro area.

Arpaio said of his MASH unit, “I run a no-kill animal shelter and I intend to keep it that way.”

According to Arpaio, it costs about $100 to adopt one of the dogs. Anyone interested is encouraged to call 602-876-1212.”

I don’t always agree with Sheriff Joe, but the one thing I’ve always loved about him is his program to provide shelter and good care for abandoned/mistreated animals. The inmates who learn to care for them are helped as are the dogs. Let’s get some of those jail-dogs out of their “pink underwear” and into good homes on the other side of the razor wire!

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Tails Of The City : Cat-crazy crib

Tails Of The City : Cat-crazy crib.

Wow! Beautiful house, and wonderful conveniences for the cats. My brother built some cat ramps and walking bridges around a couple of rooms in his home — simple boards up high along the sides of the room. If he had been rich, and knew an architect, he might have dreamed up something this fancy.

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