Animal abusers could get up to five years in jail under proposed new law

When an animal abuser is caught and brought to justice, we should all be able to put that case to rest knowing that justice will be served.

But often the law prevents a tough sentence being imposed in the most upsetting of animal abuse cases.

Courts in the U.K. have said that they wished longer sentences were available to them in some cases of animal abuse, according to the BBC.

Now a new law is being proposed in England and Wales that would result in animal abusers getting up to five years in jail.



The new law, being proposed, would be considered in cases of dog fighting, abuse of puppies and kittens, or gross neglect of farm animals.

The proposal will raise the maximum jail term from six months and if passed will also provide more protection for service dogs and horses, according to a BBC article.

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Claire Horton, chief executive of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, told the BBC the bill was a “landmark achievement” and would make a “profound difference”.

“We, and many other rescue centers, see shocking cases of cruelty and neglect come through our gates and there are many more animals that are dumped and don’t even make it off the streets,” she said.

According to the BBC article a public consultation on the new proposal was held last year with 70 percent of people asked supporting it.

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