Animal abuse hits close to home for local family

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It’s an experience that has made its mark on Jasmin Duffy for the rest of her life.

Duffy’s horse, Tres, was shot and killed after an unknown assailant fired three shots at the animal, twice in the face and once in the stomach.

The horse died hours later in her arms.

“You just feel helpless. You can’t do anything. You just talk to him like, ‘I’m sorry, it’s okay, I don’t know what happened, but it’s going to be okay,’” Duffy said.

Those with the Humane Society of Washington County said when someone abuses an animal it can have a lethal link to humans.

“Research shows that many of our well-known serial killers abused animals prior,” President and CEO of the Humane Society, Kim Intino said.

The Humane Society takes in nearly 6,000 animals every year, many of whom were victims of abandonment, neglect, or cruelty.

But animal abuse is not always an obvious act. Sometimes, there are more subtle signs, like starvation and neglect.

“We do have people who contact us because they realize that the neighbor’s dog has been tired up outside in cold weather or the bowl is always empty,” Intino said.

But there are ways for those who see something to say something without even being identified.

“I cannot stress enough that you can save a pet’s life by bringing a problem to the attention of the proper authorities,” Intino said.

And in some instances, that could be the closure that people really need.

“I’m just hoping that with everything inside me they do have a heart and come out and say something because that’s the only way I can get answers,” Duffy said.

Anyone with any information regarding this attack is asked to contact Berkeley County Animal Control at 304-263-4729.

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