No More 1 Year Sentencing For Murder
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The world is filled with people like. Michael Gallagher who tried to strangle his elderly Bella by tying plastic zip ties around her neck. Before putting Bella into a black plastic bag and beating her mercilessly with a shovel. Bella had blood and tissue coming out of her head.
All Gallagher got was a slap on the wrist, 4 Months in community jail, plus five years probation and a ban on owning animals for two decades. Even if the judge gave the harshest punishment available, it would only be 2 years.
It just goes to show that animal abuse isn't treated as seriously as it should be. What happened to Bella was murder plain and simple, had she been a human it would have easily been a life sentence. As a matter of fact, animal abuse punishment is unbelievably lenient.
For example in the State of New York
§ 351 of the Agriculture & Markets Law States:
A person directly involved in an animal fight or in training an animal for a fight, or who possesses a fighting animal at a fight, is guilty of an unclassified felony punishable by up to four years in jail and a $25,000 fine. The possession of a fighting animal, without regard to the time or place of possession, is an unclassified misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in jail and a $15,000 fine.
§ 353 of the Agriculture & Markets Law States:
A person who overdrives, overloads, tortures or cruelly beats or unjustifiably injures, maims, mutilates or kills and animal, whether wild or tame, and whether belonging to himself or to another, or deprives any animal of necessary sustenance, food or drink, or unjustifiably injured, maimed, mutilated or killed, or to be deprived of necessary food or drink, is guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment for not more than 1 year, or by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars, or by both.
Think about that, someone who starves, beats, tortures, maims, mutilates or kills an animal is only committing a misdemeanor. Which the max prison sentences are only 1 Year. That is not even the worst part, the abuser retained property rights over the abused animal. Legally the abuser could simply reclaim the seized animal from the local animal shelter.
Let that sink in, an abuser who beats an animal within an inch of their life will only serve 1 year and once they are free, they could legally reclaim their "property". Enough is enough, it is time for a change. It is time for harsher punishment for animal abusers. No more 1-year sentencing or community service. Treat animal murder as what it is a felony.
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