abusers: a precursor to violence against humans
last month I reported about the two LI teens who viciously tortured and
killed an innocent turtle.
22-year-old Albany man admits drowning a cat in his bathtub and torturing
two other cats.
to Associated Press and CBS News, Caleb Capen faces one to four years in
prison after pleading guilty Friday to felony animal cruelty. This past
February he was arrested after a police officer found a dead cat burning
inside paper and plastic bags in a snowbank.
went to Capen’s home where they found two more cats with broken bones
from abuse. He told police that he had adopted a cat who didn't get along
with the other cats and admitted to stepping on the cat, squeezing it, striking
it with a wrench and then drowning it. He'll be sentenced in September.
to a 1997 study done by the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of
Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and Northeastern University, animal abusers are
five times more likely to commit violent crimes against people and four
times more likely to commit property crimes than are individuals without
a history of animal abuse.
studies in psychology, sociology, and criminology during the last 25 years
have demonstrated that violent offenders frequently have childhood and adolescent
histories of serious and repeated animal cruelty. The FBI has recognized
the connection since the 1970s, when its analysis of the lives of serial
killers suggested that most had killed or tortured animals as children.
Other research has shown consistent patterns of animal cruelty among perpetrators
of more common forms of violence, including child abuse, spouse abuse, and
elder abuse. In fact, the American Psychiatric Association considers animal
cruelty one of the diagnostic criteria of conduct disorder.
against animals often goes hand-in-hand with other types of criminal activity,
including illegal gambling, drug and gun violence. For example, in dog fighting
cases, it's common to see an investigation team comprised of multiple law
enforcement entities like the DEA or FBI working alongside animal law enforcement
is a strong link between violence against animals and violence against people
which seems to be gradually expanding,