Pets are part of the family in many American households. In homes where there is violence, pets are often threatened or injured by the violent partner. In several recent surveys of people entering shelters for protection from domestic violence, nearly half report that their pet had been threatened, injured, or killed by their partner. Others report that they delayed leaving their homes because they feared that their pet would be hurt when they left.
If your partner has threatened to harm your pet, both you and your pet may be in danger. We urge you to make plans to protect all members of your family; you, your children, and your pets.
For more information about animal abuse, visit the First Strike: The Connection Between Animal Cruelty and Human Violence page of the Humane Society of the United States' website.
You can also find more information about the link between animal cruelty and domestic violence at the Linkage Project website.