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Animal abuse relates to human mistreatment
An Illinois court recently ruled that a woman convicted of abuse and neglect while running a puppy mill could return to her job as the caregiver to two elderly dementia patients. The courts indicated that the pair required her care; There had never been accusations of elder abuse; and the woman -a professional caregiver - was entitled while on probation to make a living.
But were the courts correct? Probably not.
Dozens of animals reportedly died from dehydration and starvation at Muddy Paws in Deer Park, Illinois. Owner Diane Eldrup, 48, was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals and animal torture. She was convicted on all charges, but escape prison time, in part to return to her job as a senior citizen care giver.
Speaking for the animals who suffered there, a leading animal activist in the area stated tearing down the property buildings was “secondary to prosecuting the woman who did this, trengthening our laws and creating better laws to protect animals in the future,” Wisniewski said. “It is an ongoing frustration who w little people have knowledge of abuse and neglect of animals-that’s the bigger picture of the whole thing.”
Since that statement, with the combined efforts of animal rescue agencies and the municipality, structures on that site have been demolished and all animal remains disposed of in a healthful and dignified manner.
In all, bodies of 37 animals were found on the property in Demcember of 2010. Deer Park Village administrators said they believed that not only was the shelter closed down but that the property also was in foreclosure.
The shelter's issues began in 2009 when inspectors from the Illinois Department of Agriculture filed charges after an inspection stating that excessive animal waste was found in and around kennels.
The state dropped the charges when Eldrup reported that she would close the kennel and refrain from doing any other business involving animals.
This year, when the property was cleared as a crime scene, animal rescue volunteers continued to return to the property to repeatedly check on it's status. With their vigilance, more animal bodies were located.
During the trial Eldrup admitted she continued to accept sickly dogs from other overcrowded shelters but became overwhelmed.
Even as animals diede, she claimed she didn't see the suffering around her. Could someone who admitted to failing to note enough suffering to lead to death by starvation, see the suffering of an elderly individual who might, like an animal, be unable to speak for themselves?
So graphic was the testimony of witnesses describing dead dogs, that one woman left the courtroom, vomiting. If even the words were enough to evoke such strong emotion, how could one fail to see it? Could they be counted on to see other issues?
For years non animal people have laughed at the animal rights activists who championed animal rights legislation.Individuals complain that passing laws to make animal abuse a felony waste the court's time. Others argue there are enough human issues that need to be addressed; animal issues should be back burnered.
But psychologists take another position in this issue. They claim there is a distinct relationship between the way humans interact with animals and how they interact with each others.
Among those facts backing experts up are:
most serial killers have a history of animal torture prior to working their way up to humans. Serial killer Jeffery Dalmer tortured, killed and buried animal bones as far back as childhood.
More than 85 percent of those convicted of domestic violence had either made threats against or physically attacked a partner's pet. While these abusers do recognize that humans and either animals develop deep bonds, they recognize this bond for exploitation, not enjoyment.
Even a recent article in the on line newsletter Pet Call, put out by the American Veteranarian Association, noted that negligence and abuse in animals often leads to violence against people.
So even for those non-animal lovers, in the face of mounting imperical evidence, those who commit violence acts against animals should see the need for strong criminal justice intervention.
Otherwise those same folks will just have to deal with the abusers later, when they appear in court for different violent issues.
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