Sean Kerr, a dog breeder from Solihull, England, received a six month prison sentence at Birmingham Magistrates' Court, and will have to pay aa£30,000 ($38,000) fine for animal cruelty charges on February 15.At the end of 2015, an RSPCA(equivalent of the ASPCA in the USA)investigation team raided the man's property and discovered around 40 dogs living in deplorable conditions, and found another canine, that had sadly passed away, and had been placed in a plastic bag in a van.
The dogs were sold for between $420 and $560 and had been treated by their owner as commodities, and not as the living beings that they are.He showed no care for their hygiene or well being, and the majority of the puppies seized by the RSPCA were covered in urine and excrement. Some of them had even been kept in the dark all day.
The organization also found several pregnant females on the property, including a Shih-Tzu and a Pug. In total, 27 puppies have been born since the RSPCA intervened.Just overa year after their rescue, the majority of the canines seized have been adopted by loving families, ready to help them forget their terrible beginnings, and give them all the love and attention that they deserve.
In the UK, the maximum penalty in animal cruelty cases stands at a prison sentence of six months and/or an unlimited fine. The RSPCA is campaigning to increase this sentence, and are calling for a review of criminal justice measures.To support the cause, you can sign the petition, here.To support the ASPCA and help them continue to carry out their amazing work, you can make a donation, here.
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