Posts Tagged ‘Animal abuse’

First the cat. . .

August 1, 2008

The Muncie Star Press reported today of a plea agreement reached in the case of Danield John Collins, 39.  Collins was accused of forcing his 7 year old daughter to stab the family’s 8 month old cat.

According to the Star Press, “The daughter and Collins’ 11-year-old son said their father ordered them to stab the cat because he wanted them to “learn to kill.” Police said the defendant’s son tried to hide the cat from his father, but that Collins was able to find the animal and strangled it as his children looked on.”  Collins pled guilty to domestic violence/animal cruelty and 2 counts of neglect of a dependent, in the plea agreement, he will be sentenced to 18 months in prison.

It is a well know fact that animal abuse leads to domestic violence.  The Humane Society of the United States, Animal Cruelty/Domestic Violence Fact Sheet points out the parallels between the two.

While Collins may end up only serving 9 months total in prison, the mother of these two children should take this time to get help for herself and the kids.  If she doesn’t she and her children will be in serious jeapordy when Collins is released.

Again, to all the foster parents out there, it is cases like this that make your commitment to kids all the more important.