One of the biggest signs of a sociopath is people who abuse animals and children.
Someone on my Facebook page posted a story about pitbulls that are being used as bait dogs in fighting rings, meaning that they are used to bait the more aggressive dogs to fight because of their sweeter dispositions. Their teeth and claws are filed down and their mouths are taped shut so they can't defend themselves while being attacked. They are also denied medical treatment after a fight or left to die. To say that it is sad and pathetic is an understatement; to say that those that would do this to an animal, even more so.
There are organizations that save these animals. One is the Lucky Dog Rescue Foundation.
Ah, but what fate should the perps suffer? Maybe they should be used as bait themselves.