Animal cruelty ….. a FELONY!! “new system is for authorities to more easily identify and prosecute offenders of animal cruelty” …..
“It will help get better sentences, sway juries and make for better plea bargains,” explained Madeline Bernstein, president and CEO of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles.
Previously, the FBI labeled animal cruelty crimes as ‘other’ grouping it with other lesser offenses. The system made the offenses hard to track and prosecute so this month the bureau has announced animal cruelty crimes, like murder and assault, will have their own category as a felony.
The change is based on research that shows serial killers and other violent criminals often start their hideous crimes with animals. Jeffrey Dahmer, ‘Son of Sam’ and the ‘Boston Strangler’ are some of the infamous killers who got their start by torturing cats and dogs when young.
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