"There were studies that the FBI and other agencies have done saying there was a link between animal cruelty and people that were serial killers. That were violent offenders. It's always been there and it's been matched so that this way, at least now I think you've got a way of not only protecting the animals, but the people," said Ohio County Animal Shelter Dog Warden Doug McCrosky.
According to the FBI, many states are seeing more and more of those convicted of animal cruelty, being sentenced prison.
If you know of anyone abusing animals, the FBI urges you to call 9-1-1 or if it's less of an emergency, your local animal shelter.