Advocates seek cross-reporting of abuse
Boston Globe - 05/10/2017
On Tuesday, as part of Humane Lobby Day, animal advocates went to the State House to talk to legislators about animal welfare bills. One key provision they’re backing: a requirement that animal abuse be reported by human service agencies such as the Department of Children and Families, and that animal control officers report suspected abuse of children, the elderly, and the disabled.
A Northeastern University study found that someone who has committed animal abuse is five times more likely to commit violence against people, four times more likely to commit property crimes, and three times more likely to be involved in drunken or disorderly offenses.