Animal Cruelty Research
ASPCA research on animal cruelty and neglect, including dogfighting and hoarding, provides veterinary and behavior professionals, law enforcement, and prosecutors the information they need to identify and try cases properly. With key insights from the ASPCA Veterinary Forensic Science Center and the Behavioral Sciences Team, these studies represent groundbreaking research with the potential for vastly improving animal welfare.
Using Model Dogs to Assess Aggression in Fight-Bred Dogs
Review research by the ASPCA on using a life-sized, plush model dog to screen for dog-directed aggression in canines used in illegal dogfighting.
Insights and Resources on Improved Access to Grooming for Overall Animal Health
New research suggests education and access to grooming supplies can reduce negative pet health consequences of insufficient grooming care by identifying the communities' needs.
Factors Affecting Reporting and Recognizing Animal Cruelty by US Veterinary Professionals
ASPCA research suggests providing veterinary professionals with training on recognizing animal abuse and providing workplace policies on responding to suspected cruelty increases the likelihood they will notify authorities.
Organized Dogfighting and Canine Babesiosis
Discover the high-level results of an ASPCA study on canine Babesia gibsoni infections and dogfighting, including takeaways for veterinarians and other animal welfare professionals.
Differentiating Between Spontaneous and Organized Dogfighting Injuries
Learn the difference between injuries sustained from organized dogfighting and those sustained in spontaneous fights among pets.
Clinical Features and Outcomes of Strangulating Hair Mats in Dogs
Learn how forensic veterinarians studied the clinical features and radiographic characteristics of chronically matted hair and strangulating hair mats in dogs and what it might mean for practicing veterinarians.
Do Underweight Dogs Resource Guard More?
Discover the research results from an ASPCA study on food aggression in dogs who have experienced food scarcity.