ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – There are several domestic violence cases that go along with animal cruelty cases in the Capital Region, and many times, the two crimes are connected and committed by the same person.
“While you may be addressing the issue that pertains to the human being, the human adult or the child, what’s often neglected is the fact that that animal is still in that residence and that animal is still subject to violence,” Albany County District Attorney David Soares said.
The violence seen in both animals and people usually are a sign of control the abuser enjoys.
“These are just violent people who either can’t control their temper or have been invoked in other sorts of violent crimes and have issues that are harming both people and animals,” Exec. Dir. of the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society Brad Shear said.
And sometimes, the abuser can be someone you’d least expect.
“There’s people out there that are very wealthy; there’s middle class and there’s people that are poverty stricken that are involved in domestic violence, so it hits everybody,” Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple said.
They said if you or anyone you know is a victim, you are urged to reach out to them.