Jack Levin, a pro­fessor of soci­ology and anthro­pology at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity with exper­tise in crim­i­nology, has studied the link between animal cru­elty and other crimes and anti-​​social behav­iors with col­league Arnold Arlucke.

In a pre­vious study Mr. Levin con­ducted with Mr. Arlucke, the two found that animal abusers are five times more likely than a non-​​abuser to commit an act of human vio­lence — rape, murder, armed rob­bery. Animal abuse is not just an indi­cator of vio­lence, but other anti-​​social behavior, such as van­dalism and drug use.

This case is a par­tic­u­larly hideous one, but one of the rare kind of tor­ture for ani­mals that is a red flag,” Mr. Levin said. “Poten­tially, you are looking at a very vio­lent indi­vidual or set of indi­vid­uals. There is a very good chance that we are talking about a group of teens or young adults who enjoyed the excite­ment of making this animal suffer.”

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