Animal Cruelty and Neighborhood Conditions
Urban and Regional Planning and Political Science, Michigan State University, 517-353-5942, Human Ecology Building 552W, Circle Drive, Room 208A, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA
Lucid Spaces, 200 N, Grand Ave, Lansing, MI 48933, USA
Oregon Commission for the Blind, 535 SE 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97214, USA
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Received: 26 October 2020
Accepted: 30 October 2020
Published: 11 November 2020
Animal cruelty appears to be widespread. Competing theories have been posed regarding the causes of animal cruelty leading to conflicting findings and little direction for public policies to combat it. Using data from police department reports of animal cruelty in the City of Detroit from 2007 to 2015 this project assesses competing theories of the causes of animal cruelty. The findings suggest that deviance and social disorganization theories best account for animal cruelty. Neighborhood conditions in terms of economic stress, vacancy and blight, and crime appear to have the greatest impact on animal cruelty in this urban area.