CASPER, Wyo. — The Casper Police Department issued a warning on Monday, Nov. 4 that there is “a verified link between offenders who are violent against animals and those who are violent against humans.”
“There is a magnitude of studies that directly link these two forms of abuse,” Casper PD says. “A study by the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Northeastern University found that animal abusers are five times as likely to also harm humans.”
Cruelty and abuse toward animals can be used as a sign to predict that a person may also commit crimes toward people.
“’We feel that it is important for us to alert our community of this alarming link so that they can be aware of what and who they bring into their lives,’ said Casper Police Chief Keith McPheeters. ‘This is a heavily researched, verified and disturbing correlation. When we see signs of it in our community, it’s our responsibility as a police department to inform our community.’”
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An case first reported on Oct. 31 led to the police department’s warning.
“In this case, a 22-year-old male, identified as Christopher Reed, violently killed a pet guinea pig and cause life threatening injuries to a pet dog while in a domestic altercation with another adult,” they said. “While no humans were severely injured, the dog was rushed to a local veterinary hospital for lifesaving treatment.”
“The dog remains in critical condition. Reed was arrested on Friday, November 1st, 2019 on two felony charges of aggravated animal cruelty.”
The police department urged people to report any instances of animal cruelty or abuse to Casper Police Animal Protection Officers.
“If someone in your life has shown signs of abusing animals, help them seek mental health resources,” Casper PD said.