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Metro Animal Services Alerts Public About Link Animal/Human Abuse

Friday April 27, 2012

Representatives from Louisville Metro Animal Services (LMAS) and Family & Children’s Place are teaming up to educate the public on the correlation between animal cruelty and child abuse. Both agencies are discussing ways to inform the community on how these issues overlap and what can be done to prevent such violence. While much attention is given to child abuse and animal cruelty individually, many do not realize the connection between the two.

“The line separating an animal abuser from someone capable of committing violent crimes towards humans is much finer than most people care to consider,” said LMAS Director Justin Scally. “Many times, people abuse animals for the same reasons they abuse people. It is our responsibility to make sure the community is aware of this correlation and that the public does what they can to alert Animal Services and other authorities about these types of crimes. Violence against any living thing should not be tolerated.”



Pam Darnall, Chief Operating Officer of Family & Children’s Place added, “In many cases, when a child acts out violently towards animals it can be an indicator of violence in the home. Abuse can affect children in so many ways, including encouraging a cycle of abuse and violence towards others and even animals.”

Darnall has over 25 years of experience in working with families impacted by abuse, neglect and violence.

April marks the annual observances of Child Abuse Prevention Month and Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month.

For more information on family and animal violence visit: www.pcaky.org, www.americanhumane.org and www.pet-abuse.com.

Louisville Metro Animal Services has a fundamental MISSION to protect public health and safety, ensure the humane treatment of animals and provide quality customer service to the public. But our passion goes beyond that. We strive to identify the problems facing our community and do our best to work with our partners and the community to find solutions. For more information call:  502-361-1318.

Family & Children’s Place serves approximately 6,500 children and families annually, throughout Kentuckiana. The agency’s mission is to strengthen the community through healing the trauma of abuse, violence and neglect and promoting safe, healthy and stable families through research-based services. For more information about Family & Children’s Place, visit www.familyandchildrensplace.org or call 502.893.3900.