Re: Nov. 16 article, “Three years probation for allowing cats to starve:” Animal cruelty is a far-reaching offense that affects a community in more ways than most citizens realize.
What many people do not recognize is that abusing animals is a precursor for crimes against humans. According to national crime statistics, 100 percent of all serial killers abused animals. The statistics for animal abuse and its correlation to child molesters, rapists, child abuse cases and domestic abuse cases is equally shocking.
I thoroughly and wholeheartedly commend Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney for recognizing this threat by having one of the highest conviction rates for animal cruelty crimes in the state! In the last few weeks, Assistant District Attorney Jessica Lorusso was instrumental in sentencing Wendall Smith to the maximum term of probation supervision for causing the death of several cats in March 2011 and Michael S. Perillo to the maximum jail term for the horrendous abuse of his Great Dane.
On behalf of the Schenectady County SPCA, I applaud Carney and Lorusso for their commitment to prosecuting criminals and making our community a safer place!
Mathew B. Tully
The writer is the SPCA’s chief humane law enforcement officer.