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To: Ministry of Justice
Review the lenient sentences handed down for the torture of Chunky the chihuahua
A 5 year ban on owning animals for the torture of an animal that is left for dead is unacceptably lenient. We request the urgent review of the sentences handed down in the case of the torture of Chunky the tiny chihuahua cross dog.
Why is this important?
The torture of animals is a serious crime. The perpetrators left Chunky for dead. They may, therefore have assumed they had killed the him. A five year ban from keeping animals and a £500 fine is too lenient a sentence for such a barbaric crime.
Background to the case:
A tiny chihuahua cross called Chunky was stolen from his owners in Margate, Kent. The teenagers who stole him then tortured him for hours. He was left with multiple injuries that included a broken neck and leg, he was fed drugs and set fire to his face after spraying him with an aerosol can . He was then and left for dead at a rubbish dump. The RSPCA have stated this is one of the worst cases they seen.
The four perpetrators were sentenced to the following. Two of the gang were 15 and 16 at the time of the offence:
- Banned for keeping animals for five years.
- 12-month referral orders and ordered to pay costs with fines ranging from £500 to £1000, totalling £2,000.
Chunky survived and was returned to his owners. He's not the same dog he was before this hideous ordeal.
We call on the Ministry of Justice to urgently review the sentencing decision on this case.
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