Over 100,000 sign petition after Belgian Shepherd found in river with rock tied to her leash

From my very earliest beginnings I was taught to respect all life, no matter how small and insignificant it may seem.

The lesson has served me well over the years, meaning that I’ve always had a passion for helping and taking care of animals whenever possible. Of course, for the vast majority of people such principles are common place: simply do unto other creatures as you would have done unto yourself.

Sadly, there remain too many people in the world who view animals as less than humans. This means that they won’t think twice about neglecting or hurting them, presenting cases of cruelty that would send shivers down any reasonable person’s spine.

Only last week did we cover the story of Bella, the Belgian Shepherd who was dumped in a river with her leash tied around a rock.

Fortunately, Jane Harper, who happened to be in the right place at the right time, was able to save the dog, but the rescue sent shockwaves online. Bella’s life was spared, but the grievous circumstances of the crime won’t be forgotten anytime soon.

In the wake of the incident, two people were arrested, according to reports. Now, a petition has been launched urging the authorities to hand tougher sentences to those found guilty of animal abuse.

The petition in question, named ‘Justice For Bella’ has garnered more than 120,000 signatures so far. It’s mission statement is simple: “We want the laws to be tougher”.

Indeed, too many offenders appear to get off lightly after committing such heinous acts, so it’s no wonder that this petition is gaining traction fast.

Set up by Shena Fairless, of Lincolnshire, England, its aim is to convince the necessary authorities to enforce harsher laws to protect animals.

Latest reports state that Bella is showing signs of improvement as she is nurtured back to health. We can only hope those responsible will be brought to swift justice.

Here at We Love Animals, we believe every life is of equal worth.

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