Animal cruelty involves gratuitously inflicting harm, injuring, or killing an animal. The cruelty can be intentional, such as kicking, burning, stabbing, beating, or shooting; or it can involve neglect, such as depriving an animal of water, shelter, food, and necessary medical treatment. While direct violence is the most obvious form of animal abuse, animal neglect is a more common type of abuse. Thousands of dogs die each year due to neglect. If you see any of the signs below, do not hesitate to call your local animal control.
Acts of violence or neglect perpetrated against animals are considered animal cruelty. Examples include overt animal abuse, dog and cock fighting and companion animal neglect where the animal is denied basic necessities of care such as fresh water and food or shelter. Signs of abuse and neglect are found in a number of maladaptive behavior patterns. Dogs may have food aggression, aggression toward people or animals, separation anxiety, and fear responses. The body language of an abused dog is characterized by signs the dog is fearful, aggressive, unpredictable, or anxious.
A dog cannot "forgive" an abusive owner in the way humans might think of forgiveness, but the dog will also only associate that abusive behavior with the specific circumstances surrounding the abuser. ... Dogs forgive, but not quite as much as they forget.
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