|Purred: Tue Jan 9, '07 7:31pm PST |
|The discovery of a tortured cat, left to die in a south Bakersfield neighborhood, had nearby residents afraid to leave their children unattended.
Psychologists said the parents should be afraid because any person who is capable of abusing an animal to such a degree is oftentimes not far from inflicting pain on humans...
...“When we see animal cruelty like that, fire setting, lack of empathy like that prior to age adult onset is what we call conduct disorder,” said psychologist Corey Gonzales.
Gonzales said the disorder, if left untreated, often develops into sociopathic behavior.
Sociopaths are callous to others’ pain, whether its an animal or another human being. Their ability to be cruel to animals increases their likelihood of being just as cruel to human beings.
“They gain some sense of empowerment out of it,” Gonzales said. “Something they tend to enjoy or get pleasure from.”
Gonzales said these torturers often turn out to be abuse victims themselves.
“They’ve been violated early in their life, and when they violate others, they tend to create this unconscious balance,” he said.
Animal control officers said animal cruelty charges can range from a misdemeanor to felony depending on the nature of the abuse. No suspects in this case have been located.
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