[opinion from Marin Independent-Journal]
IN FEBRUARY, I received a phone call from a veterinarian who saved the
life of not only a cat but possibly a young woman as well.
The cat was brought to the vet near death, in shock, with
life-threatening injuries. While those of us in the field of animal
welfare often see thousands of cases of severely injured animals
during our careers, this case was different. Little did we know then
that the case would take twists and turns that would result in it
being one of the most severe cases of animal cruelty and human
violence we had ever investigated - and it all started with a simple
call to the Marin Humane Society.
Not only did the veterinarian confirm her findings about the cat, but
she connected the cycle of animal abuse with domestic violence. That's
when she called the Humane Society to see if it would be possible to
investigate the animal abuse without sacrificing the woman's safety.
She and I also spoke with the victim extensively about resources that
could help her.
This case makes clear how important it is for everyone to understand
the critical link between animal cruelty and human violence. The power
of one phone call to report an incident of animal abuse may prove to
be a lifeline for not only the animals but also the people who love
Cindy Machado is the county's animal control officer and the director
of animal services at the Marin Humane Society, which contributes
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information, call 883-4621 or log onto www.marinhumane
full story: http://www.marinij.com/homeandgarden/ci_4111766