A Disturbing Reminder of the Link Between Animal Cruelty and Domestic ViolencePosted by Stephen Wells, ALDF's Executive Director on March 30th, 2011
Alerted to a potentially violent situation in Hancock County, West Virginia on March 9, 2011, a SWAT team brought an end to Jeffrey Nally, Jr.'s alleged months-long abuse of his ex-girlfriend. Nally allegedly terrorized the woman by sadistically killing twenty-nine dogs -- mostly puppies which he reportedly obtained via classified ads -- over an approximately two-month period during which he allegedly kept the woman captive at the property.
"Mutilated, skinned, anything you can imagine," said Chief Deputy Todd Murray of the animals. "After the dogs were killed, he would make her clean up," Murray said. (WTOV TV 9, March 10, 2011)
With Nally facing charges of kidnapping, domestic battery and 29 counts of felony animal cruelty, this case provides a disturbing reminder of the link between cruelty to animals and domestic violence.
Send a letter to your legislators through ALDF's website! Let your legislators know that as a voting constituent you are concerned about animal cruelty and its effects on communities -- effects which are not only evident in the physical suffering these cases involve, but in the monetary costs which repeat offenders shift onto taxpayers by over-burdening animal shelters and other community agencies.
Also, educate your local newspapers and community on the dangers associated with "free to a good home" ads for animals by writing a letter to your local newspaper editor through ALDF's website.
Thank you for taking action and speaking out against animal abuse!