Dog Abuse

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History of the ASPCA and Henry Bergh

The history of the ASPCA is a very interesting one. The ASPCA is almost 150 years old and is perhaps the most interesting US department.

  • The ASPCA was founded in 1866 by Henry Bergh

  • Bergh was born in 1813, the son of a wealthy and well respected ship builder

  • In 1863 Bergh was appointed to a diplomatic post at the Russian court of Czar Alexander the 2nd

  • It was there Bergh began to take notice of “man’s inhumanity towards animals”

  • Henry Bergh then En route back to America, stopped in London where he consulted the Earl of Harrowby

  • The Earl of Harrowby was President of England’s version of the ASPCA, which was founded in 1840

  • Henry Bergh then went back to New York to spread the word

  • Finally in 1866, after coercing Politian’s and speaking many times the ASPCA was formed

Dog Abuse Facts

  • 13% of intentional animal abuse cases involve domestic violence

  • Domestic violence is when you hurt, injured , or killed someone living in your home

  • Studies show that 70% of animal abusers have already committed other crimes and are more at risk for committing another crime

  • Every year 10,000 bull dogs die in bull dog fighting

  • Neglect is the most common form of animal abuse in the US

  • We as Americans, spend more on pet food than baby food

  • A child growing up in the US is more likely to have a pet, than a live-at-home father

  • Pets usually live in a house that has one or more children: 64.1% of homes with children under age 6, and 74.8% of homes with children over age 6, have pets

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