Casper Police warn of link between animal cruelty and human cruelty

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CASPER, Wyo. (RELEASE) - Casper Police warn of a verified link between offenders who are violent against animals and those who are violent against humans.

There is a magnitude of studies that directly link these two forms of abuse. A study by the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Northeastern University found that animal abusers are five times as likely to also harm humans.

Animal abuse and cruelty is seen as a predictor crime due to the strong link between violent offenders having a past history of harming animals.

“We feel that it is important for us to alert our community of this alarming link so that they can be aware of what and who they bring into their lives,” said Casper Police Chief Keith McPheeters. “This is a heavily researched, verified and disturbing correlation. When we see signs of it in our community, it’s our responsibility as a police department to inform our community.”

A recent and ongoing case first reported in Casper on Thursday, October 31st, 2019 has sparked this conversation. In this case, a 22-year-old male, identified as Christopher Reed, violently killed a pet guinea pig and cause life threatening injuries to a pet dog while in a domestic altercation with another adult. While no humans were severely injured, the dog was rushed to a local veterinary hospital for lifesaving treatment. The dog remains in critical condition. Reed was arrested on Friday, November 1st, 2019 on two felony charges of aggravated animal cruelty.

The Casper Police Department has no tolerance for those who are violent towards animals. We take these criminal acts extremely seriously and recommend charges accordingly.

If someone in your life has shown signs of abusing animals, help them seek mental health resources. Please also contact Casper Police Animal Protection Officers to respond to any instances of animal cruelty.

The Casper Police Department is dedicated to the protection and safety of our community through the highest standards of professionalism in police services.