Animal Abuse

Keisha Ward


Animal cruelty is when someone hurts an animal or does not care for an animal responsibly, like not giving a dog or cat food and water. It is against the law to be cruel to or harm animals, even your own pets. It's also called animal abuse, or neglect.

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FBI announced in 2014 that animal cruelty will be added to it category in the Uniform Crime Report. This will help create better picture of animal abuse and guide strategies for intervention and enforcement. Data will start to be taken in January 2016 and will cover four different categories: simple/gross neglect, intentional abuse and torture, organized abuse (such as dog-fighting and cockfighting) and animal sexual abuse.

The animals who are abused are most often dogs, cats, horses and livestock. Numbers from, of 1,880 cruelty cases reported in the media in 2007:

64.5 percent (1,212) involved dogs (25 percent of these were identified as pit-bull-type breeds), 18 percent (337) involved cats, 25 percent (470) involved other animals.

Animal cruelty case: Animals Abused: Dogs killed at non profit animal sanctuary
Animal abuse: Man beats pet to death with branch after it was hit by car - TomoNews


It’s against the law to harm animals. Don’t touch. Never try stopping a person from hurting an animal. You can be put in a dangerous situation. You should always go get an adult and tell them exactly what happened and what you saw. Also, call your local police department.

Animals are being abused every sixty seconds. ASPCA is an organization that helps save dogs lives. This organization help you recognize the cruelty that is happening to them.

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Many animal abusers are five times as likely to harm humans. Vulnerability of animals may also make it difficult for victims to escape in emergencies. The “link” between violence against humans and animals is clear. To help you can have a plan, seek shelter, seek legal advice, advocate, and support the victims.

Cruelty cases have been reported daily on television, on the Internet and in the newspapers. Many and most cases have never ever been reported, and many animals that goes through suffering go unrecognized and unabated. Many cases with animal abuse have not been compiled by state and federal agencies, making it difficult to calculate the prevalence or trends in these crimes.


Bother - disturb, especially by minor irritations

Ferocious - marked by extreme and violent energy

Nuisance - anything that disturbs, endangers life, or is offensive

Horrendous - causing fear or dread or terror

Vulnerable - capable of being wounded or hurt

Merely - and nothing more

Stern - of a strict bearing or demeanor; forbidding in aspect

Unassuming - not arrogant

Unfounded - without a basis in reason or fact

Instance - an item of information that is typical of a class or group

Neglect - leave undone or leave out