The 139-questions animal cruelty protocol was developed by the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) for this project. Active animal cruelty was defined as the physical abuse toward animals such as torture, beating, burning, drowning, suffocating, shooting and other forms of physical violence. The forms of abuse were further broken down into intimate and distant acts of violence. The protocol was peer reviewed and is divided into three areas: offender background, offense information and victimolsogy. In addition, the BAU’s predatory/affective violence scale was used to indicate if the animal cruelty act was reactive, reactive-instrumental, instrumental/reactive or instrumental based on Woodworth and Porter (J Abnorm Psychol 111:436–445, 2002).
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