[Warsaw Times Union]
As a court-appointed special advocate, or CASA volunteer, one aspect Valerie
Clarkson looks at when visiting a home is how the pets are treated and how they
respond to their masters.
"I guarantee you if they're abusing or neglecting an animal, they're neglecting
someone in that home," the Animal Welfare League executive director and ordained
minister said. "The link is, when it comes to animals, an abuser will first beat
on an animal as an example."
The link between animal abuse and later cruel behavior has been well documented
in the case of mass murderer Jeffrey Dahmer and Columbine High School shooters
Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold.
Clarkson recently attended a conference where Frank R. Ascione's book, "Children
and Animals, Exploring the Roots of Kindness and Cruelty" and "Silent Victims"
by Pamela Carlisle Franks and Tom Flanagan were discussed.