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Volunteers in our COURT OBSERVERS PROGRAM attend hearings for cruelty and neglect cases mostly in the City of Syracuse, but they do travel to other counties to keep a vigil for those who have no voice.

"Over the past 40 years, researchers and professionals in a variety of human services and animal welfare disciplines have established significant correlations between animal abuse, child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, elder abuse and other forms of violence. Mistreating animals is no longer seen as an isolated incident that can be ignored: it is often an indicator or predictor crime and a “red flag” warning sign that other family members in the household may not be safe."

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