NEW PUSH TO SPOT LINK BETWEEN ANIMAL, CHILD ABUSE

Newsday/Laura Figueroa 4/22/14 Parents for Megan’s Law, a Suffolk nonprofit that provides support to sexual abuse victims,is teaming up with the county’s animal protection agency to train investigators on the frequentlink between animal cruelty and child and spousal abuse.  A batterer’s first target is oftenan animal living at home, Paula Ryder, senior advocate for Parents for Megan’s Law, told thegroup.  The second target is a spouse or a child.  Ryder cited a 1986 study publishedin the International Journal of Law and Psychiatry that said 62 percent of animal abuse offendershad