Imagine someone physically abusing your pet. What would you do? Who could do such a cruel act and what are their motives? Animals are being abused and neglected daily and it’s common in both urban and rural areas. The difference in violent crimes against humans and those of animals, are they are not reported. The most common reported animal abuse are dogs, cats, and horses. According to the Human Society of the United States, approximately 70 million pet dogs and 74.1 million pet cats in the U.S. where 20 men and women are assaulted per minute. Animals are targeted by those who abuse their children or spouse or who have been abused themselves. Imagine if you were the animal living in tight cages and given little food each day just barely enough to stay alive.
The most common dog abuse today is “dogfighting.” It is one of the most horrendous forms of animal abuse. These dogs spend most of their lives in isolation secluded from the world and away from the public’s eye. They are also heavily chained. They are encouraged to be aggressive and given drugs and steroids to increase their muscle mass. According to the ASPCA, dogs who are used in these fights usually suffer from injuries such as lacerations to punctured wounds, broken bones and blood loss. Despite the fact dog fighting is a felony in all 50 States, it continues to occur in every part of the United States. A few signs to look out for are multiple scars, their lips and ears are at times ripped off.
Another furry victim is cats. Some people have cats to help keep rodents away. Not everyone treats their cats in a loving way. The most common cruelty for cats is neglect. They do not get enough water food or veterinary care. People feel the need to abuse cats because they cannot speak up and defend and are trusting towards people.
Horse abuse is also another big issue today. Also known as “horse slaughter.” According to the Human Society of the United States these horses are shipped to faculties in crammed trucks for long periods of time without food, water, and rest, some are severely injured during transport. These horses are suffering more and more every day from getting their heads pounded with crowbars to being stabbed numerous times in the head with knives. These horses were raised to be treated and respected as a companion animal, unfortunately these horses suffer more and more every day and are forcefully injected with drugs to enhance their meat products.
Animal abuse is a devastating topic. There’s an old saying “see something say something” we are the animals voices; these animals expect us to speak up and for them If you see an animal being abused report it immediately to a law enforcement or an organization.