Facts, Statistics, and Stories About Animal and Pet Abuse
Facts About Animal Cruelty
- Neglect and abandonment are the most common forms of abuse towards domestic animals in the United States.
- Each year, four to five million animals die in shelters.
- Of the reported cases of dog abuse, pit bulls make up 22 percent of reports.
- Dogs can die within fifteen minutes from heat stroke since they can only pant and sweat through their paws when it is very hot. Every year many dogs die due to being left in a hot car.
- Seventy percent of those arrested for animal abuse also had been arrested for other crimes.
- Thirteen percent of animal abuse cases involve domestic abuse. Investigation of animal abuse cases often uncovers domestic abuse cases.
- When training a dog for dogfighting, the dog is often abused, starved, or worse, in order to trigger aggressiveness due to survival instincts.
- Dogs that lose in a dog fight are often burned, drowned, electrocuted, or beaten to death by their owners.
- Dog and Cock Fighting are illegal in every state in the United States.
Statistics About Animal Abuse
Percentage of Animals Abused in 2007
Percentage of Animals Kicked or Stomped
Percentage of Animals Burned
Percentage of Animals Beat
Reporting Animal Abuse
An unknown suspect severely burned this one-year-old Pit Bull Terrier/Shepherd mix. Its owner found the dog as it started to bark/scream. When he saw him, he was entirely engulfed by flames on Halloween night. The dog rolled around and put the fire out itself but was in severe pain, as you can see in the picture. They learned later that the dog had been doused with gasoline and set on fire, which was someone's twisted idea of a Halloween prank. As one article puts it, "what happened to the good ol' days of egging and toilet papering someone's house." Such an act is despicable, and such a far cry from a prank.
Treatment for Dog's Burn: Condition Worsens
A week after this horrific act, and once Lady's condition worsened, the owner surrendered Lady to the Humane Society, which I can only imagine was a heart-wrenching decision. This decision was most likely due to the financial obligation of dealing with a dog who is in Lady's condition. They probably had to decide whether they should put her down, or give Lady a chance to be cared for by someone capable of handling her situation.
Treating burns like this is a time-consuming process that costs thousands of dollars. The main concern when there are severe burns is that infections of the skin will occur, due to having no skin barrier to protect the dog. Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it, the team working with Lady had worked on dog burns before, which allowed the best outcome possible for Lady.
Monkey for Protection of Animals
Cases of Animal Abuse Are Too Numerous
According to the veterinarians and vet techs that cared for Lady, Lady was the sweetest, kindest dog they have in their care. Unfortunately, it will take thousands of dollars to help Lady get the treatment she needs for her badly burned skin, which most of it is on her face. From the very beginning, they were optimistic about Lady's outcome since they did find some good skin cells near the damaged areas. Yet, anytime a person or dog is burned that severely, complications can arise. Even after a few short weeks, the dog was doing emotionally well and would encourage the caretakers to rub her chin. She was very friendly and alert.
My heart broke when I saw this dog, and I could not believe how any person could be so cruel. I don't have words to express what I think of a person who could do such a hideous, barbaric act! A person who would act in such cruelty towards a dog very well may abuse or kill a person. Normal, mentally healthy people would never do something like this.
Dog Survival Story: A Happy Ending for Lady and Children Burn Victims
Update: Lady has found a forever home. Gretchen Kohsmann, a woman who is working as a fire investigator, took him home. She also directs a Burn Victim Camp in Lansing, which is a refuge for children who have become victims of fire and suffered severe burns. She will live with Gretchen, her two children, and two dogs in their home most of the year, except when the camp is running where she will be able to be an inspiration to the dozens of children who are finding comfort at the camp. The hope is that the children who meet Lady will feel a little less alone with her presence, to know that they are not alone in their suffering. As Lady and her new owner left, the fire department who found Lady and the investigators were there to say goodbye.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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