Animal cruelty often goes hand in hand with domestic abuse

06/1/2010 | Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.), The

Authorities are growing increasingly aware that domestic-abuse cases often include instances of animal cruelty. Often, one spouse or partner will hurt the other's pet as a way to hurt the other person. "The bond between pets and their owners can be very strong, which is exactly why an abuser knows they can exploit the victim's love of a pet by threatening to injure the animal if the victim speaks up," said Ida Petkus, director of the Domestic Violence Advocacy Center in Mount Holly, N.J.

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