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Animal Cruelty in a Relationship

In Domestic Violence, Relationships by Elizabeth Stephenson

Our pets can be every bit a part of our family as anyone else. We love them, arrange our lives and travel around them, and spend ill-advised amounts of money spoiling them. Remember that $75 dog jacket? We also want our furry family members to be safe, and we regularly attend to their physical and medical needs. But what happens when you observe or suspect that your significant other has abused the family pet? There is no clear-cut answer to this question, but the reality is that difficult choices and conversations are going to have to happen. Animal Cruelty is Wrong If you have directly witnessed your significant other harm a family pet, or if your animal is behaving in an unusually fearful way toward that person, it is important …