Shelters describe animal abuse aftermath


SPRINGFIELD-Helping animals overcome the physical and psychological effects of abuse and neglect can take extensive care, say those who operate animal shelters and clinics.

Deana Corbin of the Animal Protective League in Springfield said the degree of help needed varies by case.

Some of them are in really bad shape and need certain medications and a certain amount of recovery time,” Corbin said. “Others of them need some behavioral help. We've seen some that are really scared and need special training to get over that, and we see others that are really aggressive because they've been teased or trained to be that way.”

Still, she stresses, many animals can overcome these problems with patient help.

“"They have to learn to gain trust again and learn to trust people,” Corbin said. “That takes a lot of patience on the person's part and a lot of time and effort to get them comfortable even moving in a person's presence.”

Starting this year, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is including animal cruelty in its Uniform Crime Report for the first time, a change that could provide data on a type of crime for which reliable data is hard to come by.

Meanwhile, the Animal Legal Defense Fund ranks Illinois’ animal anti-cruelty laws as the toughest of any state.

Animal advocates those who suspect animal abuse should contact local law enforcement, a local animal shelter, or the Illinois Department of Agriculture’s Humane Investigator.

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