Mid Sussex MP welcomes tough new prison sentences for people who abuse puppies and kittens
Mid Sussex MP Mims Davies has welcomed tougher prison sentences for dog fighting and other forms of animal abuse.
The Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Act 2021 was signed into law on Thursday (April 29) after receiving Royal Assent.
The act increases the maximum penalty for certain offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 tenfold, from six months to up to five years.
Offences include illegally cropping a dog’s ears and abusing puppies and kittens.
“As a dog owner myself, I am absolutely delighted to see this vital new act come into law,” said Ms Davies.
She said the sentences are some of the toughest in Europe, which will ensure that punishments reflect the severity of the crimes and deter animal abusers.
Offenders can also receive an unlimited fine.
“This law is a huge step forward for animal welfare in the UK,” said the RSPCA’s chief executive Chris Sherwood.
“Tougher sentences will act as a stronger deterrent to potential animal abusers and will help us in our aim to stamp out animal cruelty once and for all.”