Connection Between Child Abuse and Animal Cruelty

Paws Up!
To the Connecticut House of Representatives for passing a bill that requires the reporting of cases of animal cruelty by both animal control officers and employees at the state Department of Children and Families.

According to a news report, HB 6226 will require “local animal control officers and employees at the state Department of Children and Families to report cases of animal cruelty to the state agriculture department. The agriculture

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commissioner would then be required to issue a monthly report to the DCF commissioner, who would determine whether anyone suspected of animal cruelty is also simultaneously on the list of families at DCF.”

Recognizing the connection between animal cruelty and child abuse is critical in protecting innocent lives. Making sure agencies are working in concert whenever there is suspicion of either animal abuse or child/elderly abuse is critical to stopping the cycle of violence that often goes unreported.

Take Action: Connecticut residents, thank your representatives for passing this legislation. Residents of other states, please let your legislators know you want to see more legislation that protects both children and animals as there is a connection between the abuse of one and the abuse of the other.

Source:
blogs.courant.com/
cga.ct.gov/

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