FBI: Animal cruelty now counted along with felony crimes

The FBI is counting the cases alongside crimes like arson, burglary and assault

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKBN) – Acts of cruelty against animals are now counted alongside felony crimes like arson, burglary, assault, and homicide in the FBI’s expansive criminal database.

On January 1, the Bureau’s National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) began collecting detailed data from participating law enforcement agencies on acts of animal cruelty, including gross neglect, torture, organized abuse, and sexual abuse.

By adding animal cruelty offenses to NIBRS, law enforcement agencies are hoping the results will reveal a more complete picture of the nature of cruelty to animals.

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