The past two decades have witnessed a resurgence of interest in the relation between cruelty to animals, or animal abuse, and serious violent behavior, especially among youthful offenders. As an illustration, a recent study by Verlinden (2000) of 9 school shootings in the United States (from Moses Lake, WA, in 1996 to Conyers, GA, in 1999) reported that 5 (45 percent) of the 11 perpetrators had histories of alleged animal abuse. The most well-documented example was the case of Luke Woodham who, in the April before his October 1997 murder of his mother and two schoolmates, tortured and killed his own pet dog (Ascione, 1999).
|Series||Juvenile Justice Bulletin|
|Publisher||U.S Department of Justice|
|Department||Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquincy Prevention|
|Location of Publication||Washington D.C|
|Notes||This government document was found at the U.S Department of Justice, FDLP Electronic Collection Archive, http://permanent.access.gpo.gov/|
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