Animal Cruelty Analytical Essay by KatiaK

Animal Cruelty
This paper looks at animal cruelty, focusing on the issue of the abuse of dogs.
# 111162 | 1,386 words | 6 sources | APA | 2005 | CA
Published on Jan 12, 2009 in Sociology (Theory) , Biology (Zoology) , Psychology (General) , Criminology (General)

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In this article, the writer notes that animal abuse, including the abuse of dogs, is unfortunately not an uncommon event in North America. The writer discusses that the abuse of dogs can occur in a variety of ways, including dog owners who abuse their own dogs physically and emotionally, individuals who maliciously attack other people's dogs, and dogs that are abused through the pursuit and pleasure of sports such as dog racing or dog fighting. The writer points out that while the suffering of animals is cause enough to understand why animal cruelty is a horrible crime, research has also linked the abuse of animals to human violence. Individuals who are abusive towards animals during their childhood, and indeed throughout their life, have been found by researchers to be far more likely to commit violent crimes against other humans in their adulthood. The writer concludes that animal cruelty is a topic of great concern, especially the abuse of dogs who are highly valued animals within North American society.

From the Paper:

"Perhaps the saddest form of dog abuse is that which occurs within a dog's own human family. Although most dogs are brought into homes to be a loving and caring addition to the family, not all dogs are afforded the same kind of returned love and care from their owners. Perhaps the most common form of cruelty directed to dogs is neglect. Often families adopt dogs without fully understanding the time commitment and responsibilities associated with raising and training a dog. As a result, the dog may become neglected and ignored by the family, not receiving the necessary exercise or socialization that it needs to become a well adjusted adult canine. Often times these dogs end up being handed over to humane societies, such as the HSUS, where they are either put up for adoption, or if there is no available home for them, they are often put to sleep. Of all the abuse directed at animals, and especially dogs, neglect is possibly the easiest to understand or to forgive. Unfortunately, many dog owners are maliciously cruel to their dogs through physical abuse."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Ascione, F.R., & Arkow, P. (1999) Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, and Animal Abuse. Purdue University Press.
  • Central Okanagan (2003). Dog Cruelty. October 6, 2003.
  • Micks, Geoff. (February 18, 2004). A fence is going up around Withrow Park. Toronto Observer.
  • The Humane Society of the United States. (2004). Frequently Asked Questions about Animal Cruelty.
  • The Humane Society of the United States. (2004b). West Virginia Man Who Allegedly Starved his Dog to Death Arrested in Indiana.

Cite this Analytical Essay:

APA Format

Animal Cruelty (2009, January 12) Retrieved October 07, 2022, from

MLA Format

"Animal Cruelty" 12 January 2009. Web. 07 October. 2022. <>