Staff over at the Animal Care & Control have been finding work a little more stressful than usual, as they've noticed a disturbing increase in animal-abuse cases as of late. In the last several weeks alone, they've had to investigate four felony cruelty cases and even more over the last few months.
In one case, several dogs -- living in filthy conditions with no food or water -- attacked one of their own pack (probably due to hunger pains) killing one of the pups. But ACC is blaming the irresponsible owner who is now facing possible jail time for animal cruelty and neglect charges, according to investigators. In another recent case, someone allegedly tossed a dog from a second-story window, badly fracturing its hind leg.
While coping with that tragedy, staff then discovered a third dog who had been abandoned by trash on the street; the dog had starved to death, according to ACC.
But the latest case has shocked staff the most: A 10-month-old pug-mix puppy was severely beaten and is now getting treatment at an emergency veterinary hospital. She's slowly regaining her senses, yet she appears to now be blind in both eyes as a result of head trauma from the beatings, according to ACC
Her vet bills are hovering at $4,000 and are expected to increase. Meanwhile, Animal Care & Control is actively tracking down a suspect in this case.
ACC says that if someone is willing to beat a puppy, then they're probably capable of hurting another human.
Per the agency:
Mistreatment of an animal should not be regarded as an isolated incident that can be ignored or considered only by animal lovers: it is often an indicator or predictor of crime against people and a warning sign of domestic violence.Numerous studies show that when animals are abused, people are at risk. Moreover, many incidents of domestic abuse occur behind closed doors, and victims may be unwilling or ashamed to reveal it. Oftentimes, outsiders may be more willing to report suspected animal abuse than other forms of violence because the incidents occur in public and concerned observers recognize that the animals cannot call for help. The more cases of human and animal abuse that are reported, and the earlier that law enforcement can intervene, the better chance we have for a positive outcome for both animals and other potential victims.
If you suspect someone is abusing an animal, don't do anything else until you call San Francisco Animal Care & Control's emergency dispatch line at 554-9400 to report it. Also, if you want to help them save this pug puppy's life or any animal in crisis, please donate to Friends of SF Animal Care & Control by going online and designate the "Pug Puppy" fund.