Danger Assessment of Dangerousness in Perpetrators of Animal Cruelty - Animal Law Source

Danger Assessment of Dangerousness in Perpetrators of Animal Cruelty

Danger Assessment of Dangerousness in Perpetrators of Animal Cruelty


1. Victim vulnerability — e.g. size, age, level of harmlessness/aggressiveness

2. Number of victims involved

3. Number of instances within a limited time frame

4. Severity of injury inflicted

5. Repetition of injuries on individual victim(s) — e.g. multiple wounds

6. Multiple forms of injury to individual victim(s) — e.g. stabbing and burning

7. Intimacy of infliction of injury – e.g., direct physical contact or restraint

8. Victim was bound or otherwise physically incapacitated

9. Use of fire

10. Duration of abuse — how prolonged was the act of abuse/torture

11. Degree of pre-planning or premeditation

12. Act involved overcoming obstacles to initiate or complete the abuse

13. Act was committed with high risk of detection or observation

14. Other illegal acts were committed at the scene of the animal cruelty – e.g., threats, vandalism

15. Individual was the instigator of an act involving multiple perpetrators

16. Animal cruelty was used to threaten, intimidate or coerce a human victim

17. Act of animal cruelty was indicative of hypersensitivity to real or perceived threats or slights

18. Absence of economic motive – e.g., killing and stealing animal for food

19. Past history of positive interactions with victim

20. Animal victim was subjected to mutilation or postmortem dismemberment

21. Animal victim was sexually assaulted or mutilated in genital areas or perpetrator indicated sexual arousal as a consequence of the abuse

22. Act of cruelty was accompanied by indicators of sexual symbolism associated with the victim

23. Perpetrator projected human characteristics onto victim – e.g., rehearsal of future acts against humans

24. Perpetrator documented the act of animal abuse through photographs, video or audio recording, or diary entries

25. Perpetrator returned at least once to scene of the abuse, to relive the experience

26. Perpetrator left messages or threats in association with the act of cruelty

27. Animal victim was posed or otherwise displayed

28. Animal cruelty was accompanied by ritualistic or “satanic” actions

29. Act of abuse involved staging or reenactment of themes from media or fantasy sources

30. Perpetrator reportedly experienced altered consciousness during the violent act – e.g., blackout

31. Perpetrator reportedly experienced strong positive affective changes during the violence act – e.g., laughter, “rush,” sexual excitement

32. Perpetrator lacks insight into cause or motivation of the animal abuse

33. Perpetrator sees himself as the victim in this event and/or projects blame onto others including the animal victim

A detailed discussion of this list can be found at: