With a group of friends at my school, I am part of the campaign to fight for the maximum sentence of animal cruelty to be extended. Part of our citizenship GCSE course is to campaign for an important issue in today’s society. One subject we feel strongly for is animal cruelty. It is a heartbreaking subject to research into deeply, however we hope we can raise awareness and bring a positive change to thousands of animals’ lives.

Over the next couple of months, we will be campaigning and organising petitions. To keep updated, view the Animal Cruelty Campaign page which will have new information and cases. Follow our social media pages too: Twitter: Animal_Cruelty5  Facebook: Extend The Maximum Sentence For Animal Cruelty

Please sign our petition and help us to make a change.

Take a look at this tragic story of nine dogs who were found abandoned in the Winchester area of Hampshire. They were left is such a poor condition that they were unable to see or stand properly. Why should any living being be forced to experience and live through such distress? It is vital that we understand the seriousness of the emotional and psychological affect that is brought upon these innocent animals.

This is a very effective video by the RSPCA. It is shocking to hear that a child has been abandoned, so why shouldn’t it be as shocking to hear that an animal has been abandoned? Last year, the RSPCA received reports of 70,314 abandoned animals which is an increase of 57.8% since 2007.

Animal cruelty reports on the rise, RSPCA says” A puppy’s head trapped in a door and a dog shot with a crossbow bolt, have been among the rising number of cases of animal cruelty investigated by the RSPCA last year. These incidents, which took place in Barrow and Peterborough, were among 159,831 investigated in England and Wales in 2014, which has increased from 153,770 in 2013. The man from Barrow was given just an 80-day prison sentence after being filmed beating his Staffordshire bull terrier. How is justice being given to the animals with such an insignificant sentence, who have suffered as much as any human being who has been abused? RSPCA chief veterinary officer James Yeates said ”it is shocking that people are still being deliberately cruel in what can be disturbingly inventive ways.”

Here are some heartbreaking cases of disgraceful acts of human beings towards innocent animals:

Rocky’s story

My former owner had driven to a lay-by, tied me up, shot me repeatedly, hit me over the head with a spade, then put me in a bin bag and dumped me in a ditch, hoping I would not be found. I was discovered three days later by a council litter picker who initially took me for dead.  I was lying next to the blood-covered bin bag; in a ‘nest’ of dried grass that I must have scraped together in an attempt to keep myself warm. I have fortunately been rehomed and have new loving owners. However my abuser only got 20 weeks imprisonment along with a 20 year ban from keeping animals.

Daisy’s story

I am a white Staffordshire bull terrier, and my body was found in my owner’s cellar packed tightly into a holdall. I had suffered massive head trauma and my ribs were fractured. A dog called Leyla was also found in the cellar with me. She was very timid and had clearly suffered ill treatment; when taken outside she became extremely agitated and frightened, as if she was unfamiliar with being on a lead. Her injuries included a swollen and bloodshot eye caused by a blow to her head. The defendant only received a 23 week imprisonment but was however disqualified from keeping animals in the future.

Raji’s story

I am a grey Arab-type stallion, and had been on loan to the defendant. My owners had been unaware of what was happening to me and were distraught to discover the extent of my suffering.

When RSPCA Inspector Susie Smith arrived, I was struggling to breathe and coughing due to an allergy-induced breathing condition. My hooves were overgrown and I was extremely underweight; my pelvis and spinal areas so pronounced they were visible even underneath a turnout rug. My flanks were sunken and my mane hung in dreadlocks. The defendant had kept me bedded on straw even though she knew I suffered from a dust-induced allergy.

I was rushed to an equine hospital where, despite receiving veterinary treatment, I failed to respond and was euthanased.

Peggy’s story

My owner stood over me and hit me 27 times. The attack was witnessed by a friend, who recorded it on his mobile phone. The man had beaten me repeatedly about my head and back as I yelped in pain and cowered by a door. When RSPCA Inspector Ben Strangwood collected me she exhibited very fearful behaviour, as I stayed low to the floor with my head down. I have since been rehomed.

However my abuser only received eight weeks’ suspended imprisonment and a 5 year ban from keeping animals.

Millie the cockerel

The witness saw her neighbour, wearing heavy working boots, kick me vigorously six times, grab me by the legs, twist my neck, slam me onto the tarmac and dump me in a bin.

RSPCA Inspector Dawn Burrell found me in the wheelie bin, still alive, with feathers and blood nearby. I was given extensive veterinary treatment and survived a two-hour operation. I made full recovery and have been rehomed.  Unfortunately the offender was only disqualified from keeping animals for three years and was not given a prison sentence.

Penny’s story

I was a 10-week-old terrier-type puppy, and was grabbed by my owner and dumped in an alleyway after an argument. The witness then saw the man throw me back over the fence “with quite a lot of force”. I began to yelp, clearly injured. The witness took me to a vet, where radiographs showed an old and a new fracture of my right front leg, plus older fractures on two ribs. My injuries were consistent with deliberate violence.

My owners however were only disqualified from keeping animals for ten years and were not given a prison sentence.

Neglected puppies

When RSPCA Inspector Deborah Scotcher opened the door she felt total disbelief at the horror of the scene in front of her. Six Staffordshire bull-terrier-type puppies, in an advanced stage of decomposition, lay on a filthy, urine-stained duvet. There were also two puppy skulls. The family had been using a portable cooker and eating takeaway food to avoid using the kitchen; carrying on with their daily lives mere feet away from the door behind which the puppies were suffering. All the defendants must have heard the puppies’ cries, but chose to do nothing. Fortunately all defendants were banned from ever keeping animals again but they only got a maximum of 18 weeks imprisonment.

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