I did some reading on the website for the National DV Hotline. I found an interesting article about children and animal cruelty. I was unaware that a majority of abusers hurt animals when they were younger. This gives info about what to do if you see a child hurting an animal and also about the link between animal cruelty and violent behavior. Animal cruelty predicts more than just being one of the three signs of a serial killer. http://www.hsus.org/hsus_field/firs..._animal_cruelty_what_parents_should_know.html I don't know if any of us are dealing with this now, but I know it has been a problem in the past.