Is Dog Abuse on the Rise? Four Recent Stories Make the Case

  • Reported cases of dog abuse are increasing worldwide.
  • Dog abuse leads all other categories of animal cruelty.
  • Dogs are not even safe in a supposed sanctuary like a pet grooming store.

Whether it’s because the Internet gives us all the ability to share and see information at lightning speed, or whether animal abuse is just a fact of life, it seems society has experienced an increase of abuse against what is normally considered a cherished pet: the family dog.

According to a report issued by The Humane Society, of the more than 1,200 reported cases of animal cruelty in 2017 (the most recent year statistics are available) over 70% of those acts were committed against dogs. Cats came in a distant second, with just over 20%. A quick check on the web reveals these horrifying (and increasingly more common) stories of sickening abuse of dogs by owners, veterinarians, shelter employees and others:

Drunk man chopped off dog’s snout ‘for fun’ after it begged for food

Cruelty to animals, also called animal abuse, animal neglect or animal cruelty, is the infliction by omission (animal neglect) or by commission by humans of suffering or harm upon any non-human. Cruelty to animals sometimes encompasses inflicting harm or suffering as an end in itself, defined as zoosadism.

According to the UK Mirror, an unidentified man in Malaysia chopped off the snout of a stray dog begging for food. Witnesses say that the obviously heavily intoxicated man said he “did it for fun” before stumbling away. Police are looking for the vicious perpetrator and a reward has been posted for information leading to his arrest and conviction. Unfortunately, there is little hope of recovery and veterinary officials have recommended putting the dog down for humane reasons.

Sheriff: Teen charged after dog abused in video found dead

A Kentucky teen has been arrested after posting a video on the web showing him beating a dog and stabbing it with a knife while the unidentified boy cruelly laughed as a buddy watched and filmed the horrific act. Police later discovered the same dog lying near a local road, dead from its injuries. Investigators are gathering more evidence and will decide whether to charge the teen as an adult.

Woman charged with animal abuse at pet store

Apparently, dogs are not even safe in a supposed sanctuary like a pet grooming store. A Missouri woman has been charged with animal abuse after police reviewed store video showing the dog being beaten into unconsciousness while being groomed by an employee. The beating was so severe, the Yorkshire terrier actually passed out and had to be revived by CPR. The woman said she was trying to “control” the pet terrier. Another woman is seen in the video holding down the dog’s legs. Owners became concerned when their pet seemed sluggish and injured when they got the animal home. The woman owner of the pet grooming shop and another man have been charged with aggravated assault.

Strangled Pit Bull found in a dumpster near Richmond, Va playground

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing cruelty to animals. Based in New York City since its inception in 1866, the organization’s mission is “to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.”

Police were called to a Richmond, Va playground outside an elementary school where they discovered the dead body of a 3-year-old, black and white, spayed female Pit Bull. The dog had apparently been violently strangled and its leash was still around its neck. The dog had recently been re-homed and the former owner is cooperating with police to track down the new owners. No witnesses have come forward, although the park was full of people throughout the day. Investigators are gathering evidence with the hope that nearby surveillance videos may reveal who could have done this brutal act of animal cruelty.

These are just a few of the stories circulating the web on a daily basis from all over the world. It’s likely that many more acts of violence and cruelty are not reported, whether it’s dogs or other animals.

Do you want to help?

Reach out to your local Humane Society or ASPCA and donate or volunteer in the fight against this rising tide of violence and cruelty inflicted on dogs and other defenseless animals.

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