NEWINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) – The Connecticut Humane Society and the Department of Children and Families are joining together to raise awareness about the cross-reporting of animal and child abuse. This is on the heels of an incident in Hebron where police say animals had to be rescued from a rescue shelter.

Last month, a Hebron woman was arrested at an animal rescue shelter for animal cruelty as investigators say more than 70 animals had to be removed from the shelter because they were living in deplorable conditions.

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DCF was also involved in the investigation, and that is why on Friday, it was a big show of support behind the Kid Governor who ran on the platform and won his race based on being kind to pets.

“I know that animal abuse happens every day and it is frustrating that it doesn’t stop. I never want to see a pet or companion animal hurt,” Kid Governor Makhi Ettienne-Modeste said.

DCF says animal abuse and child abuse go hand-in-hand and are often happening at the same time inside the home.

“Hurting animals can lead to hurting people and that is why this is so important,” said Connecticut Attorney General William Tong.

Both are vulnerable, and that is why DCF and animal control officers work together to cross-report.

“We want to get in as early as possible, so if an animal control officer is on-site and they recognize it, or if a DCF case manager is on-site and they see it, we want to make sure we’re sharing that information and intervening as necessary,” said Commissioner Bryan Hurlburt, Connecticut Department of Agriculture.

Animal control wants people to know they investigate every single complaint and take every one seriously. Residents can leave a complaint on their website or call them directly and remain anonymous.

“Pets don’t have the ability to pick up the phone and dial 911, so they are dependent on people who are going to be the witnesses,” said James Bias, executive director at the Connecticut Humane Society.