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September 22, 2017
Q. What's one of the more “striking” truths (literally) to come out of veterinary forensic medicine?
A. That the pursuit of animal cruelty cases is becoming more frequent because individuals who abuse animals often abuse people, say Jason Byrd and Natasha Whitling in Scientific American magazine. One night in 2015 in Brooklyn, New York, Asha Stringfield fought for her life against her former boyfriend, who had previously been ordered to stay away from her. He beat her in the head and face with his fists and tried to strangle her, then pulled her from the bed by the hair and pointed a firearm at her head. At this point, Asha's pit bull Honey wedged herself between Asha and her assailant, who turned the gun on the dog and pulled the trigger. The shot woke tenants and the attacker fled.
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