SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- San Diego County announced Wednesday that it is creating an animal cruelty prosecution unit.
The unit will work closely with police, deputies, the Department of Animal Services and the San Diego Humane Society.
Officials say that the link between violence to people and violence to animals is well-documented.
“The creation of the Animal Cruelty Unit is an important step in holding people accountable for their actions,” said Dan DeSousa, Director of the County of San Diego Department of Animal Services.
According to a report, 70 percent of animal abusers also have records of other crimes and 43 percent of school shooters have a history of animal abuse.