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Animal cruelty could lead to abuse of people, animal advocate says

KINGSTON – The recent rash of animal abuse in the Hudson Valley demonstrates there is more public awareness of the problem, according to the New York State director of the Humane Society of the Unites States.

Within the last several weeks, dead casts were found in plastic bags hanging on trees in Yonkers, two dogs were found dead in plastic bags in the Hudson river off Newburgh, a dog that was tied up, was found floating offshore in Rye, and goats that had been decapitated were discovered in Yorktown.

Brian Shapiro of the Humane Society of the U.S., said such abuse toward animals could lead to similar behavior toward people.

“Human on human violence is connected to the same type of crime that is committed by people who hurt animals,” Shapiro said.  “People who hurt animals hurt human beings as well.  We have seen greater awareness of this and even the New York State Attorney General’s Office has put together an animal protection initiative. So we are seeing across law enforcement and the public in general a greater awareness of animal cruelty issues, and that in itself is a good thing.”

In another recent case of animal abuse, a New Jersey man was convicted of shooting a dog to death with a bow and arrow in Ulster County.