This is the number of animal cruelty cases each year, which adds up to at least one animal being abused every 10 seconds. Dogs and cats, puppies and kittens are abandoned, neglected, shot, burned, hoarded, beaten, stabbed, tortured, choked, poisoned, and forced to participate in cruel animal fights. How can we treat any animals that way when all they do is provide happiness, company, and comfort? There should be more action against animal cruelty.
To bring more attention to this topic, commissioners in Hillsborough County, Florida, fought to establish an animal abuse registry that would essentially serve two functions: stop crime against animals and help partner Pet Resources and law enforcement officials to spread awareness to citizens and stop offenders from committing further crimes.
The majority of the commission voted to have attorneys convict people of animal abuse and fine them—a step in the right direction.
According to statisticbrain.com, animal cruelty deserves to be as recognized as domestic violence because 71% of victims who have been abused at home have also reported that their abusers targeted pets. Animals also suffer emotional abuse from their owners. For example, dogs and cats both have the ability to detect different tones; and according to Animal Planet, an average dog can understand up to 165 words.
Would you appreciate it if someone called you horrible things and physically hurt you?
No, probably not. So why just ignore the pain that abused animals are going through? Why not take action and enforce stricter rules and punishments relating to animal abuse?
Not only does animal abuse physically and mentally hurt animals, but it can turn them vicious. Upbringing of dogs are very similar to the upbringing of children: the harder the childhood, the poorly educated and mannered kids become when they grow up—usually caused by abandonment or neglect by parents. . . just like dogs could turn out when they're owners don't care for them.