The FBI will start with a new program targeting animal cruelty

The FBI will start with a new program targeting animal cruelty as a “crime against society” and Class A felony, on Jan. 1, 2016. The new program is part of a decision made in 2014 that finally goes into effect at the beginning of the year with the FBI tracking animal cruelty cases.

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The National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS), a catch-all where crimes against animals were lumped along with every other offense across the U.S. was used, but now the FBI can track where cruelty is occurring, how often and whether or not animal cruelty is on the rise. Having this specific targeted data will help in the fight against animal cruelty with the offenses falling into 4 categories:

(1) Neglect

(2) Intentional Abuse ( includes officers that shoot dogs unjustly, shelter workers that abused animals ) and Torture

(3) Organized Abuse (dog and cock fighting)

(4) Animal Sexual Abuse.

Police agencies must report incidences as well as arrests.

We the general public can also report abuse as well. If you see or know of anyone abusing animals in any of these 4 categories please report it to the FBI starting January 1st 2016 at link below.

The National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS)

https://m.fbi.gov/…

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