Who abuses animals?
  Cruelty and neglect cross all social and economic boundaries and media              reports suggest that animal abuse is common in both rural and urban areas.

  Intentional cruelty to animals is strongly correlated with other crimes,               including violence against people.[1]

  Hoarding behavior often victimizes animals. Sufferers of a hoarding disorder   may impose severe neglect on animals by housing far more than they are           able to adequately take care of. Serious animal neglect (such as hoarding) is     often an indicator of people in need of social or mental health services.[2]
  Surveys suggest that those who intentionally abuse animals are                           predominantly men under 30, while those involved in animal hoarding are         more likely to be women over 60.[3]

  Most common victims
  The animals whose abuse is most often reported are dogs, cats, horses and      livestock. Based on the 1,423 U.S. cruelty cases on pet-abuse.com?s 2011        digest in which species of the victim was specified:

  70.1% involved dogs.
  20.9% involved cats.
  24.1% involved other animals.

Animal Cruelty Facts and Stats
What to know about abuse victims and legislative trends

   Posted on February 23, 2013 by            RescueInk.org

   Animal cruelty is without question        one of the sickest and most                    despicable crimes in the world, and        also the most preventable. 
   People engage in animal abuse in            every city around the world, for            many different reasons ? NONE of        them acceptable. Animal abusers            come in all  walks of life, from all          professions, and  all classes.  Many      times animal abuse is not as easily        evident as it is with pet owners who      viciously beat their pets.   The most      common pets in an American                    household are cats and dogs, and          the statistics are nothing short of           alarming.

  Animals feel pain and fear like we do,   but they are helpless victims. Abuse     causes these innocent animals to           endure so much pain, suffering, and     loneliness, it can also cause an animal   to become depressed, timid, or even     aggressive.

 Source:  http://animalcrueltyy.weebly.com/

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