Archive for Thursday, October 22, 2009

Letter: Domestic violence’s harm

October 22, 2009

To the editor:

Kudos to Basehor Police Chief Lloyd Martley for speaking out against domestic violence in the Oct. 15 Sentinel.

Physical or not, domestic violence harms everyone in the home, including pets. Sometimes, they are used as leverage, with the abuser threatening or harming pets to get the victim to comply or to stay.

Where people are abused, animals are at risk; where animals are abused, people are at risk. That’s one reason reporting animal cruelty and neglect is so important. Those reports can reveal situations where people are also being abused, and can lead to them getting the help they need.

I’m grateful that Basehor is a community where domestic violence is treated like the crime it is. I’m hopeful that the response to every domestic violence call includes making sure EVERY member of the family is safe, including the pets.

A great place to learn about the link between violence toward animals and violence toward humans is American Humane’s Link Web site, americanhumane.org/human-animal-bond/programs/the-link-of-violence/.

Crystal Swann Blackdeer

Leavenworth County Humane Society Inc.

Leavenworth

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