Battersea condemns inadequate sentences for men who drove nail into dogs head

center_img “Animal lovers will surely want to come together and join Battersea and other respected animal welfare charities so we can make our collective voice heard for animals like Scamp.“Our tougher sentencing campaign is already making its mark. We’re asking the public to write to their MP and call for a five-year sentence for such shocking acts of cruelty as we need the punishment to fit the crime.”The MP for Redcar, Anna Turley, who has a dog and has been campaigning to increase the maximum sentence for animal cruelty, said the case highlighted the “inadequacy of the law”.  Battersea’s Chief Executive, Claire Horton, said: “The unimaginable suffering Scamp endured at the hands of his owner, a person he should have been able to trust implicitly, will horrify the nation.”The two men responsible have been sentenced to just four months in prison. Why? Because magistrates are unable to issue anything more than six months for even the most appalling and callous acts of animal cruelty. England and Wales’ maximum sentence simply must change. Four months for what was done to Scamp is neither a fitting punishment nor a deterrent. Battersea Dogs and Cats home has criticised the “inadequate” four month sentence handed down to two men who drove a nail into a dog’s head before burying him alive.Richard Finch, 60, and Michael Heathcock, 59, admitted to charges relating to the death of the dog at Teesside Magistrates’ Court after the 16-year-old terrier, Scamp, was found whimpering in a shallow grave by horrified dog walkers.After pleading guilty, the two received a reduced sentence of four months in prison. The maximum sentence for animal cruelty is six months in prison.last_img

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