By Hayley Parr
Vets are being trained by the police to fight against domestic abuse.
Recruited to sport signs of violent behaviour in pet owners and their animals vets are being given advice and teaching on how to confront owners if they suspect animal’s injuries are deliberate and relative to wife beating.
According to officers cats, dogs and even gerbils are tortured or killed by violent men in order to control and manipulate their partners.
If a vet becomes suspicious of an animal’s injuries and thinks they could relate to domestic abuse they will, with owner consent, contact the police.
Animal’s injuries will then be documented and interviews with the owner will be recorded.
The first training session was held last week with vets from all over Scotland attending to support the crackdown of the problem of domestic abuse which was recorded at 59,847 cases in 2011-2012.