I came upon this article as I was reading the news paper today. (Yes, cats really can read the paper upside down.) The article reports on how a puppy was maliciously burned by a man in front of his children. Yuck.
This is not just a story about animal abuse. It is also a story about child abuse.
According to the ASPCA website, there is a strong connection between child and animal abuse. Research shows that the occurrence of child and animal abuse go hand in hand (or paw in paw, but animals don’t abuse others). Simply put, if a child is being abused in a home, an animal often is being abused too. And vice versa.
Witnessing the abuse of a cherished pet can be the most horrific of traumatic experiences for a child, as well. Such trauma can cause long lasting emotional difficulties for the child.
It is important to report both animal and child abuse to authorities. Please do your part to protect both children and pets. Here are some links to get more information.
ASPCA Legislative Services Department
Email contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence
National Network to End Domestic Violence
Office on Violence Against Women
Thanks for doing your part.