Pet Abuse is Domestic Abuse
People who abuse want power and control over others. They may want to retaliate or show another person they are next. To force a person to watch abuse is a form of abuse. Pet abuse is domestic abuse. It can cause health problems. Studies show that a person who abuses a pet may also abuse their partner.i
Human and animal victims can both suffer these types of abuse and more:
- Neglect or being ignored.ii
- Being ganged up on by more than one abuser.iii
- Sexual or physical abuse.
- Kept from access to medicine or health care.
- Kept from access to food, water or safe shelter.
- Being yelled at, insulted or scared on purpose.
Another abuse tactic is to remove a pet from the home and not tell where it is. There may be times when a victim is forced to abuse a pet to protect it from torture or death by an abuser. They may be forced to abuse a pet to protect their child. One quarter of children whose mothers were abused saw their family pet threatened, abused or killed as a way to control the mother.iv Pets and children share a special bond and abuse using pets causes deep trauma.v
Pet abuse trauma can cause health or social problems such asvi:
- Depression or anxiety.
- Post-traumatic stress.
- Lack of emotions or ability to pay attention.vii
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