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Law enforcement cracking down: 3 animal cruelty cases in 3 weeks

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

A puppy is still recovering at a foster home in Kinston after police say the dog's owner dragged it behind her car across a busy street.

It's at least the 3rd animal cruelty case we've reported on in three weeks.

New Bern police charged a man with throwing two dogs off a bridge. Grifton police say someone shot a cat through the back with an arrow, choking and killing a puppy with a telephone cord.

"It's just one of those things that we automatically can relate to," said Lt. Kip Gaskins with Pitt-Greenville Crime-Stoppers.

He wants criminals to know just because they aren't humans, doesn't mean you don't do the time.

ECU criminologist, Dr. William Bloss, says there are several driving forces when it comes to animal cruelty. Sometimes it's simply curious teenagers, but other times…

"There are certain types of behavioral dynamics with some people who have a predatory outlook in terms of expressing their behavior in an aggressive or violent way and selecting victims that are much more vulnerable," said Bloss.

If that behavior goes unchecked, Bloss says there's a possibility their crimes could intensify.

"Serial killing is a relatively rare event to begin with. Yet, with that said there are some case studies done with some serial killers that have a history of engaging in abusive and violent behavior, beginning with perhaps animals, perhaps children," said Bloss.

"That's what I want to emphasize to those people who don't think it's serious and that we should be spending our time elsewhere. If they're willing to do this to an animal, they're willing to hurt one of us, so think about it that way if not anything else," said Gaskins.

If you have information about an animal cruelty case you can always contact Crimestoppers and stay anonymous.

In several of the cases they are offering a cash reward.

If you want to give an anonymous tip on a crime call 252-758-7777 or report with your cell: TEXT "PITTGV" & INFO TO 274637

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