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The Sociology of Animal Crime: An Examination of Incidents and Arrests in Chicago

By Keri Burchfield

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This study seeks to sociologically examine the patterns of animal crime in one large American city. Using Chicago Police Department animal crimes data, this research analyzes the types of crimes perpetrated, characteristics related to animal crime, and patterns of arrest. Findings indicate that a majority of animal crime was classified as abuse/neglect. High animal crime areas had higher rates of crime, more socioeconomic hardship, and more African-American residents. Compared to abuse/neglect, animal fighting was more likely to occur in community areas with more socioeconomic hardship, and animal crimes were more likely to result in arrest when they occurred in areas with more hardship.

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Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Date 2016
Publication Title Deviant Behavior
Volume 37
Issue 4
Pages 368-384
Publisher Taylor & Francis
DOI 10.1080/01639625.2015.1026769
URL https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01639625.2015.1026769
Language English
Additional Language English
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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  • Keri Burchfield (2018), "The Sociology of Animal Crime: An Examination of Incidents and Arrests in Chicago," http://habricentral.org/resources/62727.

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  1. Animal abuse
  2. Animal fighting
  3. Animal neglect
  4. Animal welfare
  5. Chicago
  6. Crime