A New Orleans animal advocacy group is attempting to find the person or persons guilty of burning and torturing a small dog.
Surveillance video captures the image of a woman leaving a pet carrier in front of Zeus’ Place, a New Orleans pet grooming salon, then driving off. Upon inspection, the case was found to contain a Yorkshire terrier that had suffered burns and appeared to have been beaten.
The Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which is spearheading the search for the responsible parties, maintains that it’s rare to have a witness or video in animal cruelty cases. Jill Hayes, a local forensic psychologist, doubts that the woman in the video is the person who hurt the dog, adding that “generally, over 90 percent of cases are committed by” males, adding:
A lot of times, the people have been abused as children and the house is rife with domestic violence. The dogs are sometimes used as a retaliation tactic between the husband and the wife, or the husband and the children.
The average age that a child starts being cruel to animals is about 6.5 years old. It actually [occurs] before bullying, vandalism and cruelty to people. If you look at the people in jail, a greater majority of people have committed animal abuse than the people on the street.
LASPCA officials claim that 88 percent of reported child abuse cases have an element of animal abuse in the home.
The dog, meantime, is being cared for by Michelle Ingram, owner of the salon. She has been treating the pup’s wounds with ointment and administering pain drops.
The Humane Society of Louisiana said it is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the identification of the woman who dropped off the abused dog.
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