Clinical Psychologist and Mercer University Professor, Miranda Pratt , who has pets of her own, said animal abusers could be abused themselves or lack empathy.
Towards the other. And in some cases it's an active sadism of getting pleasure from inflicting pain," said Pratt.
She said it's important to teach empathy
at a young age.
If a child killed or tortured an animal, whether it's a frog or dog, Pratt said help teach them it's wrong. One way could be exposing them to nature and showing them the value of life