Target: The Northumbria Crown Prosecution Service Chief Crown Prosecutor Gerry Wareham
Goal: Demand that boxer who allegedly punched his dog in the street be banned from owning animals for life.
An ex-professional boxer allegedly repeatedly punched his dog in the street. The incident was filmed by Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) and shows Paul Quarmby using a cashpoint and then starting to walk away. When his Alaskan Malamute dog Ajax hesitated to follow, Quarmby apparently dragged him by his leash, kicked him and then reached down to hold the dog by his collar with his left hand and punch him hard in the head three times.
The dog has thankfully recovered from the assault and is now in the custody of the man’s former partner. Quarmby was given community service and asked to pay court costs but was not given any jail time. He is banned from keeping dogs for 18 months.
As a point of comparison, a man charged last year for punching a painting in an art gallery was given a six-year prison sentence. No logic can justify putting the interests of an inanimate object over those of a sentient being. Under U.K. law, a person keeping a pet—whether permanently or temporarily—is required to ensure that the animal be “protected from pain, suffering [and] injury,” among other things. In this case, Ajax was subjected to all three.
As the co-founder of the RSPCA Richard Martin rightly stated, “If legislation to protect animals is to be effective, it must be adequately enforced.” While allowing people guilty of animal abuse to own pets in the future puts animals at risk, it also spreads the harmful message that hurting an animal is not a serious offense. Quarmby should never be allowed to own another pet. Sign this petition demanding that this man be banned from keeping animals for life.
Dear Chief Wareham,
Paul Quarmby, a former professional boxer, was caught on CCTV footage apparently punching his pet dog Ajax in the street. Footage apparently shows the man dragging and kicking the Alaskan Malamute before hitting him with three heavy punches. Following the assault, Quarmby has been banned for keeping dogs for 18 months.
Thankfully, Ajax has recovered from the incident, but it might not have been the case. This innocent animal was brutally punched for hesitating to walk. Animals should not bear the brunt of human moods and emotions. The only way to improve legislation to protect animals from abuse and ensure its effectiveness is to properly enforce it on a case-by-case basis.
Handing one man such a low sentence for punching a dog spreads the harmful message that hurting an animal is not a violent crime that will be adequately punished under the law. Quarmby should not be given the opportunity to endanger another animal. I urge you to extend his 18-month ban on keeping dogs to a lifetime prohibition.
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