71% of pet-owning women entering women’s shelters reported that their batterer had injured, maimed, killed or threatened family pets for revenge or to psychologically control victims; 32% reported their children had hurt or killed animals.
68% of battered women reported violence towards their animals. 87% of these incidents occurred in the presence of the women, and 75% in the presence of the children, to psychologically control and coerce them.
13% of intentional animal abuse cases involve domestic violence.
Between 25% and 40% of battered women are unable to escape abusive situations because they worry about what will happen to their pets or livestock should they leave.
Pets may suffer unexplained injuries, health problems, permanent disabilities at the hands of abusers, or disappear from home.
Abusers kill, harm, or threaten children’s pets to coerce them into sexual abuse or to force them to remain silent about abuse. Disturbed children kill or harm animals to emulate their parents’ conduct, to prevent the abuser from killing the pet, or to take out their aggressions on another victim.
In one study, 70% of animal abusers also had records for other crimes. Domestic violence victims whose animals were abused saw the animal cruelty as one more violent episode in a long history of indiscriminate violence aimed at them and their vulnerability.
Investigation of animal abuse is often the first point of social services intervention for a family in trouble.
For many battered women, pets are sources of comfort providing strong emotional support: 98% of Americans consider pets to be companions or members of the family.
Animal cruelty problems are people problems. When animals are abused, people are at risk.
B) A person who knowingly or intentionally beats a vertebrate animal, commits cruelty to an animal, a Class A misdemeanor. However, the offense is a Class D felony if the person has a prior record of cruelty or they knowingly and intentionally committed a crime against an animal.
Where most of the turned away animals end up is abandoned on the side of the road or in residential areas in hopes of being taken in. They are also being dumped in rural areas where farmers and landowners are forced to shoot the animals that get into their trash because of overpopulation and abandonment of animals.
Although a large percent of the animals are dumped into the parking lot of the Harrison Co. Animal Control center.
Officer Bruce LaHue (a.k.a. the man in charge) says that he thinks that there is a major animal problem because there is not a housing facility, volunteers willing to make the community better, and an effort to spay or neuter animals is not being taken.
They are a limited access facility which means that they accept animals on a space available basis. They don’t euthanize unless an animal has major medical problems and is in pain or the animal is vicious and not safe to adopt into a home.
One of the reasons they don’t accept tax dollars is because the government can set rules saying that you have to euthanize animals on a regular basis.
50% of animals such as dogs get rabies from skunks. Skunks are the perpetual carriers of rabies. There is no cure for rabies and without vaccination an animal bitten is likely to spread the disease or die.
There are two angels of mercy who deserve to be recognized. Beverly and Sharon (no last names) who offer their services to help better our community.
Beverly will receive calls at all hours. If you are to call she will take the animal in and raise it on her own income without any other funding. She will then try to adopt the animal out to a good family.
Saying that you can’t afford an animal shelter is a common realistic excuse because of the unemployment rate, but we can apply for grants if we are truly serious about the safety and welfare of our community.
Harrison Co. is funded by a portion of their tax dollars.
Officer LaHue also said that he once had to come to CC because we don’t have an animal control officer and a dog attacked someone. He had to find and capture the dog. He took it in at the Harrison Co. center was because it was a public safety hazard.