The horrific torture of a cat, killed with acid in Tarn-et-Garonne, France, was in the end not punished with the severity that animal rights organizations expected. On January 5, the Juvenile Court in Montauban decided to release two of the three adolescents who committed the crime and to sentence the third to two months in prison.The events go back to January 2014. Three teens around 15 years old, decided to murder a cat, "chosen at random," according to the French organization, Fondation 30 Millions d'Amis, who was a one of the plaintiffs, filed along with eight other associations.
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It was a passerby who discovered the mutilated corpse of the animal. An autopsy revealed that he was hit and strangled. After his death, the adolescents burned his body with hydrocloric acid and shoved a firework up his anus. Thanks to several witnesses, the police rapidly found the guilty parties, and it didn't take long for them to admit to their crime.
"An open door for a repeat offense"
After two years of court, this completely uncalled for act of violence"will remain forever unpunished," lamented 30 Millions d'Amis. The defense was able to convince the judge that since the acid and firework happened after the animal was already dead, that it therefore was not an "act of cruelty."Xavier Bacquet, lawyer for the Fondation 30 Millions d'Amis, criticized this ruling:
This decision is abhorrent. Such acts need to be firmly sanctioned: this decision leaves a door open for a repeat offense, or worse, acts even more cruel.
If you believe an animal has been tortured or hurt, it is incredibly important to report the incident to your local animal welfare service or the police. You can also contact the Human Society. The more people see these types of crimes with proper punishment, hopefully the less inclined they will be to harm the innocent.