Saturday’s planned vigil in Quincy for a tortured dog, widespread discussions on social media about animal cruelty, and the posting of a reward for identifying the perpetrator leave no doubt about how the public feels about Puppy Doe, the mutilated female pit bull that was found bleeding on a city playground. Even with the loving attention of staffers at the VCA South Shore Animal Hospital, there was no humane option other than to euthanize the tortured dog.
It doesn’t require an animal lover to understand the importance of this case. Social scientists have found clear evidence linking perpetrators of animal cruelty to other forms of family violence, including child and elder abuse. And a strong link has been established between animal abuse in childhood and criminal conduct during adulthood.