To the editor: Seven-month-old Colbi Bullocks tragic death after a Glens Falls man allegedly beat, bit, and choked him is a prime example of why it is imperative to take acts of violence against animals seriously. Just months ago, the same man pleaded guilty to cruelty to animals after he allegedly beat a five-month-old puppy so violently that he broke the puppys teeth and the puppy lost some of his hearing and sight. Animal abusers are cowards who take their issues out on easy victimsand they rarely limit their cruelty to other species. The FBI has found that a history of cruelty to animals regularly appears in its records of serial rapists and murderers. Experts agree that it is the severity of the abusenot the species of the victimthat matters. For everyones protection, animal abusers need jail time, counseling, and a ban on contact with animals. To learn more about the animal-human abuse connection, visitwww.HelpingAnimals.com. Martin Mersereau, Supervisor
Cruelty Casework Division
Domestic Animal and Wildlife Rescue and Information Department
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
501 Front St.
Norfolk, VA 23510