The Public Animal Welfare Society of Ohio (PAWS) champions the fight to end animal abuse by recognizing April as Prevention of Cruelty to Animals month. As part of the PAWS mission to work for the prevention of cruelty to all animals, it is important to be able to identify signs of abuse and neglect and to be able to properly notify the proper authorities.
Some signs of abuse:
- Embedded collars
- Open wounds, signs of multiple healed wounds or ongoing injury
- Flea, tick or other infestation
- Heavy discharge from eyes or nose
- Inadequate food or water
- Pets are kept outside in inclement weather without adequate shelter
The connection between animal abuse and severe antisocial behavior has long been documented; however, recent studies have shown a strong connection between animal abuse and domestic violence. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence has conducted a study that shows 85.4 percent of women and 63 percent of children reported incidents of pet abuse after arriving at domestic violence shelters. Law enforcement organizations across the country have conducted studies and their conclusions are the same.
PAWS Executive Director, Amy Beichler believes that education in combination with law enforcement can help in ending the cycle of violence, “PAWS has been working with the public since 1976. Teaching humane treatment of animals to children – and adults – is critical. PAWS is committed to working with educators to see this happen.”
In the Cleveland area, anyone wishing to report a suspected act of cruelty can contact the Animal Protective League’s cruelty hotline at 216-377-1630 or their local police.
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