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August 10, 2012

The Humane Society of the United States Issues Statement in Response to Scranton, Pa., Cat Stabbings

The Humane Society of the United States’ Pennsylvania State Director Sarah Speed issues the following statement in response to the horrific cat stabbings in Scranton, Pa., this week:

“The stabbings of five cats in Scranton, Pennsylvania, this week should outrage residents, as it is not only an exhibition of inexcusable violence, but an affront to community safety. It has been well established in psychological research that those who abuse animals are far more likely to hurt humans. In recent studies, violent offenders are vastly more likely than non-violent offenders to have harmed animals or witnessed animal cruelty as children than non-violent offenders. Similarly, animal torture is one of three childhood indicators of serious mental illness that can result in serial killing. It is clear from research and anecdotal evidence that witnessing or perpetrating animal abuse should be taken very seriously as a sign of other violent crime. These cats suffered tremendously; the viciousness of the attacks is appalling. We hope that those charged with these crimes are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. In the meantime, pet owners should remember that keeping cats indoors is the safest option for their pets and for the environment. Housecats have longer average lifespans since they’re at less risk from cars, dogs, predatory wildlife, disease and even humans."

Media Contact: Pepper Van Tassell: 240-751-0232; pvantassell@humanesociety.org

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