State Police say they are getting more and more calls about animal cruelty. What is happening?

The Michigan State Police Say In 2021 Animal Abuse Hit An All Time High

MSP responses to animal abuse cases rose four times in 2021 compared to five years earlier, with over 600 cases reported in 2021.

“While the reported cases of cruelty toward animals have risen, we hope that it is a reflection of people in our communities feeling empowered to report these instances to Michigan Humane and law enforcement,” Matt Pepper, president and CEO of Michigan Humane, the state’s largest nonprofit animal welfare organization recently told the Detroit News.
Local authorities in a few Michigan jurisdictions say that law enforcement will work closely with animal rescue agencies and animal shelters to help prevent more animal cruelty cases.
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Experts Agree There Is A Relationship Between Animal Abuse And Domestic Violence

Violent crime statistics rose overall during the recent Covid-19 pandemic, and that may be part of trend that many experts have shown is a tie between animal violence and domestic violence.

The National Resource Center On Domestic Violence released an abstract in 2014 that made a direct connection between animal abuse and domestic violence:

...pet abuse is one of the forms of intimidation listed in the power and control wheel used by domestic violence victim advocates ...Abusers threaten, injure, and at times kill pets in order to control their victims and to create an environment of fear within the home.

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Mental Health Strains Brought On By The Pandemic May Be The Root Of The Rise

According to Macomb County Prosecutor Peter Lucidothe epidemic had negative impact on the general mental health of Michigan residents, which made it harder for people to see and report crimes like animal abuse, domestic violence, and child abuse.

This reminder for Michigan residents, it is a felony punishable by up to 10 years for someone to torture or kill a pet, especially if it is done with the intention of inflicting emotional pain on someone else. That law has been in place since 2019.

10 Animals You Can’t Own As Pets In Michigan

Some people really want to have an exotic pet in their home, but very rarely is it a good idea. And if you are looking to add a wild animal to your family, check out this list of animals you can not own as pets in Michigan.

 

 

 

 

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