FBI Adds Animal Cruelty to List of Class-A Felonies

A big step towards deterring animal abuse

By Jon Nelson

FBI Dog Abuse Tracking - Get Leashed Magazine

In what will undoubtedly save thousands of animals and make the US a safer place, the FBI has just added animal cruelty to its list of Class-A felonies. This ensures that offenders can be tracked via data information not previously recorded in official categories of abuse.

Via its National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). The FBI will group the new Class-A Felony, on par with homicide, arson and assault, into four subgroups: simple/gross neglect, intentional abuse and torture, organized abuse (like dogfighting and cockfighting) and animal sexual abuse. We think we can all agree that it’s about time animal abuse has been given a serious and weighty criminal classification!

Cronos, NYPD Rescued dogs at teh ASPCA

Photo credit: ASPCA

Recognizing that animals are creatures dependent on others for safety and protection, aligning with society’s stance on the young and elderly, was the first step in the shift in the FBI’s classification. The other truth is that individuals or groups that abuse and kill animals are the most likely to commit the same crimes against humans. Tracking these people will help the FBI to earlier identify and detain potentially high-risk felons.

Get Leashed couldn’t be happier that crimes against animals will be sure to lessen as a result of this action. The FBI began collecting data as of this month and the information will be publicly available in the coming year.

To report animal abuse, contact the ASPCA. Also be sure to check out their rescued dogs for adoption, like the one above!