By Pamela Roller
Most people have heard about Michael Vick and his 23-month sentence for a dogfighting conspiracy. With the media blitz on this NFL quarterback’s conviction, I have been made more aware of animal cruelty. I Googled animal cruelty and was unpleasantly shocked at what I found. For the sake of space, I’ll limit my report on household dogs and cats.
The pictures of abused animals shown here are from the Louisiana SPCA and the Carroll County Humane Society.
Animal cruelty is generally divided into two types:
Passive cruelty (called acts of omission) involves neglect: lack of food and water, veterinary care, failure to remove the animal’s collar when he outgrows it, leaving a dog on a short chain with little access to exercise, and neglecting to spay or neuter, which can lead to health issues and more unwanted pets.
In 2007, there were 10,805 reported cases of animal abuse in the United States.
Source: Pet-Abuse.Com and the AARDAS project