Leanne Sillers, the Saskatchewan SPCA’s Animal Safekeeping Coordinator was recently interviewed by CBC Saskatoon. During the interview, Sillers discussed the Society’s work on the link between interpersonal violence and animal abuse. Below is an excerpt from the interview.
“Some domestic violence victims are staying in abusive homes because they fear for the safety of their pets if they leave, according to a study by the SPCA.
Between 2014 and 2016, the animal welfare service led a study into the extent of the problem in Saskatchewan.
Saskatchewan SPCA animal safekeeping co-ordinator Leanne Sillers said the study asked workers at “human services”, including women’s shelters and victim services, if they knew of victims whose pets had stopped them from fleeing domestic violence.”