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This book captures the essence of canine abuse and what can be done to reduce its presence. It is concise and well researched, giving the reader a glimpse into the dark side of human behavior while providing information into both old and new ways of contending with the problem It is a valuable new educational resource for both animal and family welfare workers. Why is there need for constant vigilance of pet abuse in communities when there are many laws against abuse and many organizations working hard to protecty abused dogs? It exposes the criminal and gambling elements of dog fighhting and Greyhound racing. It examines the contraditions within such organizations as the American Kennel Club, the problems of law enforcement in closing puppy mills, and the difficulty in indicting individuals involved in animal abuse. Many pet lovers may find themselves advocates for dogs they do no know. The first chapter captures the reader with the incredibly inhumane actions that make animal welfare laws necessary. It names some of the organizaations working in animal protection. Finally, the chapter presents the findings of research on animal emotions and intelligence. This is particularly important as abusers try to defend their actions on their claim that animals have no feelings. Pet owners do not need research to affirm what they see every day - intelligence and a wide range of emotions in their animals. Dog fighting has gone from being a sport being a crime. In this chapter the Michael Vick and other cases are described as well as the rescue and rehabilitation of some of his dogs. Canine DNA is now a new tool for crime stoppers in this area. Breed prejudice is also exposed in this chapter. It is a little known facrt that at one time pit bulls were known as "nanny dogs" because of their gentle nature. The chapter on Greyhound racing describes the gambling aspects of this enterprise and the do's and don'ts of Greyhound adoption. Puppy mills and their relatioship to that little doggy in the window of pet stores, the conditions in whi8ch female dogs live while delivering multiple litters of puppies, and tjhe opposition to legislation that could bring new lives for these dogs are all dealt with in the fourth chapter. The final chapter makes pet abuse important even to those who might be indifferent to the subject. With more precise definitions of abuse comes alarming research that finds family abuse (child, spouse, elder) and pet abuse may co-exist in as much as 80% of the time. As this knowledge is better disseminated, family welfare agencies and animal welfare agencies will be reporting and communicating with one another on a more regular basis. This chapter alone doubles the importance of this fine book.

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