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  1. Dog Theft: A Case for Tougher Sentencing Legislation

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    | Contributor(s):: Lauren K. Harris

    The Sentencing Council (England and Wales) currently considers dogs to be “property”. This means that if someone steals a dog, they may be punished in the same way as someone who steals a non-living object, like a mobile phone or a piece of furniture. This review argues that losing...

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

    | Contributor(s):: Keri Burchfield

    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...

  3. Search and Rescue Dogs

    | Contributor(s):: J. J. Ensminger

  4. Baby Steps: Minnesota Raises Certain Forms of Animal Cruelty to Felony Status

    | Contributor(s):: Corwin R. Kruse

    The relationships between humans and animals are complex and contradictory; we welcome them into our homes and treat them as members of the family, yet we inflict upon them all manner of atrocities. Although laws prohibiting cruelty to animals exist in all...

  5. Protecting Cats and Dogs in Order to Protect Humans: Making the Case for a Felony Companion Animal Statute in Mississippi

    | Contributor(s):: Deborah Challener

    During the 2010 session of the Mississippi legislature, Senator Billy Hewes (R-Gulfport) introduced Senate Bill No. 2623 which, inter alia, made it a felony to "with malice torture, mutilate, maim, burn, starve, disfigure or kill any domesticated dog or cat." The penalty for a...

  6. The disturbing correlation between youth violence and animal cruelty

    | Contributor(s):: Sarah A. Matthews

    In examining juvenile crime and violence, there appears to be a correlation between this violence and the crime of animal cruelty. To assist in supporting this hypothesis, as a society we can study and see that there is a known correlation between violent adult offenders and previous charges of...

  7. Taking it out on the dog: psychological and behavioral correlates of animal abuse proclivity

    | Contributor(s):: Parfitt, C., Alleyne, E.

    There is a lack of research examining the criminogenic factors related to animal abuse perpetrated by adults, despite the high prevalence of this type of offending. A correlational study examining the factors related to two types of animal abuse proclivity was used. We found that childhood animal...

  8. Let's "Paws" to Consider the Possibility: Using Support Dogs with Victims of Crime

    Today, a service dog helping an individual with sight limitations is accepted and relatively common. There are other trained dogs including those who serve individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing and those who serve individuals with mobility limitations. Provincial, territorial, and federal...

  9. Was Jack the Ripper a Slaughterman? Human-Animal Violence and the World's Most Infamous Serial Killer

    | Contributor(s):: Andrew Knight, Katherine D Watson

    Hundreds of theories exist concerning the identity of “Jack the Ripper”. His propensity for anatomical dissection with a knife—and in particular the rapid location and removal of specific organs—led some to speculate that he must have been surgically trained. However,...

  10. Childhood animal abuse and violent criminal behavior: a brief review of the literature

    | Contributor(s):: Susan M. McDonald

    The connection between cruelty to animals in childhood/early adolescence and adult violent criminal behavior has been a topic of interest for decades. Formal research on this matter began as early as the 1960s with Mead’s 1964 bulletin article including her theory “that childhood...

  11. Practical veterinary forensics

    | Contributor(s):: Bailey, D.

    The book serves as a reference for the reader to appreciate the current workload of a forensic vet and to provide an insight into the scale and complexity of the specialism that is veterinary forensics. Topics discussed are: introduction to veterinary forensics; forensic philosophy; law and...

  12. The human-animal interaction

    | Contributor(s):: Swan, P., Bailey, D.

    Human-animal relationships are far from fading in importance or reducing in number, despite progressive urbanization and industrialization. With increasing protection for animals being sought by legislation around the world and the recognition of important connections in our interactions with...

  13. Veterinary forensics giving a voice to those who cannot speak for themselves

    | Contributor(s):: Janel Brown

    With television shows like CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, NCiS and Bones gaining popularity, the general public has become fascinated by the worlds of forensic science and law enforcement. Similarly, with shows like Animal Cops and Animal Precinct, the public has also become aware of the gravity...

  14. Wildlife markets in South China

    | Contributor(s):: Chow, Alex T., Cheung, Szeman, Yip, Peter K.

  15. Lost and hound: the more-than-human networks of rural policing

    | Contributor(s):: Yarwood, R.

    The rhetoric of community is widely deployed in rural policing but can be problematic for three main reasons. The idea of community can exclude as well as include; be used as a way of shifting responsibility for policing away from the state and sometimes produces insular, bounded views of places....

  16. Knowledge about the penalties imposed people who mistreat animalsConhecimento sobre as penalidades aplicadas as pessoas que maltratam animais

    | Contributor(s):: Lima, J. L. A. de, Alves, N. D., Amora, S. S. A., Lima, C. T. A. de, Torres, L. F., Melo, F. da C. S.

    A survey was conducted to determine the knowledge level of penalties for animal cruelty in Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil [date not given]. It was shown that 60% of respondents said they knew animals had legislative protection, while 40% were unaware of this. 18% said they knew some animal...

  17. Protocol for expert report on animal welfare in case of companion animal cruelty suspicion

    | Contributor(s):: Hammerschmidt, J., Molento, C. F. M.

    Animal welfare expert reports may support court decisions when animal abuse or maltreatment is suspected. The objective of this work is to adapt animal welfare assessment protocols to identify companion animal abuse. The proposed protocol includes four indicator categories: nutritional, comfort,...

  18. What makes a crime?: the perceived harmfulness, wrongfulness, and seriousness of offenses against nonhuman animals

    | Contributor(s):: Wagner, K., Owen, S., Burke, T. W.

    The purpose of this research was to explore the perceived seriousness of crimes, such as abuse and neglect, committed against nonhuman animals. Drawing upon the methods of previous work on crime seriousness, it was hypothesized that perceptions of the harmfulness and wrongfulness of animal...

  19. Helping at-risk youth overcome trauma and substance abuse through animal-assisted therapy

    | Contributor(s):: Kelly, Melissa A., Cozzolino, Callandre A.

  20. Prisoners, pups, and PTSD: the grass roots response to veterans with PTSD

    | Contributor(s):: Furst, Gennifer