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Animal abuse should be taken very seriously

The case in which an East Chicago teenager is accused of sadistically killing three kittens because he was “bored” should be treated very seriously.

According to police, the Oklahoma teenagers who were recently charged with fatally shooting an Australian baseball player because they were “bored” may have also killed an animal before moving on to a human victim.

Medical experts and top law-enforcement officials agree: Cruelty to animals is a big red flag. Many serial rapists and murderers, including school shooters, have a background of abusing animals.

It’s vital that animal abusers receive intervention—including counseling and a ban on contact with animals—to prevent their violence from escalating. — Martin Mersereau, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Norfolk, Va.