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Animal cruelty far too common, say activists

In Chatham on Sunday, a cat was tossed from a moving pickup truck causing severe injury and, just last week, a man was arrested in Windsor after recording a video of himself beating a dog.

More people are stepping up and reporting animal abuse incidents, explains humane society

Justice the dog was found bound in electrical tape and abandoned behind a shopping centre on Walker Road. He has since recovered and has been adopted. (Windsor-Essex County Humane Society/Facebook)

The latest incidents of animal cruelty in southwestern Ontario are all too common, according to officials with the Windsor/Essex County Humane Society.

In Chatham on Sunday, a cat was tossed from a moving pickup truck causing severe injury and, just last week, a man was arrested in Windsor after recording a video of himself beating a dog.

Abuse of animals is far more common than people may think, according to Melanie Coulter, executive director of the humane society.

"Sadly, I wish I could say it's unusual and it never happens," she told CBC Windsor Morning host Tony Doucette. "Unfortunately, this kind of thing does happen. People make terrible decisions."

Another cat-tossing incident occurred just a few blocks from the humane society, Coulter explained. Similarly in this incident, a woman saw the incident and picked up the cat to get it help. The cat was euthanized due to its severe injuries.

"That one stands out because it's just so pointless," she said. "He was blocks from a place he could safely bring a cat and he had that option, yet he took that horribly cruel option instead."

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