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Profile of Animal Abusers

Animal abusers can be of either gender, any age, and/or fall within any socioeconomic group.  They tend to be individuals who look upon their animals as property with which they are entitled to do with as they please, and violence may be part of the behaviour.  Alcohol and drug abuse are often contributing factors.

Physical abuse, neglect or cruelty to animals can be reflective of a wider problem of child and/or spousal abuse.  Abused children will often start their own pattern of violent behaviour by abusing animals.  This behaviour often escalates over time to the physical abuse of others, and to increasing levels of societal violence.  The behaviour within the family group may be hidden or denied by its subservient members regardless of whether they themselves are participants in the acts of animal cruelty.

It is important that animal abuse investigators be aware of the existence of these extenuating behaviours or circumstances, both for their own protection as well as that of the animals they are trying to protect.


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Animal Hoarders

Animal hoarding is a well-known and documented mental disorder that often results in abuse, cruelty or neglect of animals.  Animal hoarders keep large numbers of animals as pets, even though they often surpass their ability to properly house and care for them.  Hoarders typically fail to recognize that they are not providing adequate food, water, sanitation and veterinary care.

Animal law enforcement must be able to recognize the signs associated with animals hoarding, in such situations, officers must contact the appropriate agencies to address the hoarding.  However, law enforcement must also uphold existing animals law and investigate cases based on evidence, in accordance with legal guidelines.

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Abuse & Hoarding

Information on abuse and hoarding from UCDAVIS Veterinary Medicine

UCDAVIS has written Minimum Standards of Horse Care in the State of California and I think it’s a great read for anyone anywhere.  This section in particular I wanted to note the information regarding the Profile of Animal Abusers and the information for Animal Hoarders

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