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Domestic Violence & Pets

October 10th, 2016

Facts about the Link Between Domestic Violence and Animal Cruelty

Why it Matters

  • Most U.S. households have pets, and pets are often considered part of the family. Recognizing the bonds between victims and their pets, many batterers threaten, harm, and kill pets in the home in order to control, intimidate, and retaliate against their victims.
  • 71% of pet-owning women entering domestic violence shelters reported that their abuser had injured, maimed, killed or threatened family pets for revenge or to psychologically control victims. 32% reported their children had hurt or killed animals.
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A sad day in Stark County.

April 30th, 2014

mustang-apaloosa-horse Our local community has been stunned and shocked this week by a senseless act of violence perpetrated against animals. On Sunday night (April 14, 2014), someone shot two horses who were grazing in a field along a rural road in Canton Township, just south of Canton. The horses apparently bled to death as other horses in the field watched helplessly, likely experiencing significant trauma themselves.

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