New Zealand Dog News

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April 28, 2012

Pet abuse in violent homes probed

A dog decapitated in front of children, a litter of kittens hurled against a wall and a cat held in the air while its legs were broken one by one are Christchurch examples of the link between pet abuse and family violence.

Women's refuge centres across the city compiled examples of the correlation between animal cruelty and family violence after a study released last month that investigated the issue in New Zealand for the first time.

The Pets as Pawns study was a Women's Refuge-SPCA project that showed violence towards animals was often used as a way for abusive men to maintain control over their families.
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