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

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: