ANIMAL CRUELTY RISK LEVELS

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RED FLAGS​

  • Bestiality

  • Child Abuse     (or history of)

  • Interpersonal Violence

  • Psychopathy

  • Ritual Abusers

  • Sadistic torturer

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HIGH RISK​

  • Multiple victims

  • Prior history of animal abuse and human violent behavior

  • Behavior suggests premeditation

  • Animal abuse achieves sense of pleasure

  • May be ritualized or patterned

  • Sadistic

  • Fails to follow supervision rules

  • Complete lack of remorse

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MEDIUM RISK​

  • Escalating history of animal abuse (more than 1 x)

  • Increased harm 

  • Difficulty in interpersonal relationships and family problems 

  • Inadequate remorse and empathy 

  • History of family violence 

  • Family endorses abusive belief systems 

  • Prior history of mental health problems 

  • Prior and current history of criminal behavior 

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LOW RISK​

  • No patterned history of animal abuse 

  • No evidence of premeditation 

  • Less serious harm to animal 

  • Does not use abuse to achieve a specific gain except attention needs

  •  Minimal denial 

  • The abuser demonstrates capacity for remorse/ empathy 

  • No other significant dysfunction

  •  No criminal history 

Degree of Public Safety Risk