The Feb. 3 article Details emerge about man at center of Alabama standoff, about Jimmy Lee Dykes holding a 5-year-old boy hostage, reported that Dykes had beaten a dog to death with a lead pipe.
There is an established link between animal abusers and people who progress to violent crimes against other people. It is important to identify and report animal abuse, not only for the sake of the animals, but to establish a criminal record of the abusers. Animal abuse is a crime, and animal abusers should be treated as criminals.
Sandra Gerardi, Miami