Target: Theresa May, Prime Minister of England
Goal: Increase punishments for animal cruelty crimes.
Two men have been sentenced to short jail terms for their brutal attempts to euthanize a dog themselves. The elderly terrier, named Scamp, was found buried alive with a nail driven into its skull. The dog was found, still alive and suffering, under a mound of dirt. Scamp was taken to a veterinarian, where he had to be put down due to the extent of his injuries.
The veterinarian, who has been practicing for over 30 years, called the case the worst instance of animal cruelty he’s ever seen. After conducting tests including an x-ray, the vet determined that the dog was hit in the head with a hammer at least six times.
Micheal Heathcock, the dog’s owner, and his friend Richard Finch, were both sentenced to four months in jail for their cruelty. Heathcock admitted to attempting to euthanize the dog, who was deaf, blind, and incontinent, himself because he couldn’t afford to have a vet do it. The men have also been banned from owning animals.
Some, including MP for Redcar Anna Turley, believe that the punishment for these men, who will likely be out of jail in two months, is insufficient considering the severity of the crime. Unfortunately, this is the maximum punishment currently possible under law. In order to ensure that abusers like these can’t get off with such lenient punishments, we must strengthen animal protection laws. Sign the petition below to demand harsher punishments for Animal cruelty in England.
Dear Mrs. May,
Two men who brutally killed a dog were recently handed down slaps on the wrists for their crimes. The men drove a nail through a dog’s skull, hit it on the head several times, and buried it alive. The dog was left to suffer for hours before it was found and rushed to a veterinary clinic, where it had to be euthanized due to the severity of its injuries.
The men only received four-month jail sentences because of lenient animal protection laws. In order to ensure that savage offenders like these are properly punished, it’s imperative that welfare legislation is bolstered. We, the undersigned, ask you to show your support for proposed improvements to animal protection laws.
[Your Name Here]
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