Tough sentences in animal abuse cases
14 March 2006, BRUSSELS — Eight defendants were sentenced on Tuesday to sentences ranging from a 60-hour community work order to three months in jail for animal abuse and/or neglect.
14 March 2006
BRUSSELS — Eight defendants were sentenced on Tuesday to sentences ranging from a 60-hour community work order to three months in jail for animal abuse and/or neglect.
They were also ordered by Ghent Court to pay fines of up to EUR 2,750, newspaper 'De Standaard' reported.
The cases were heard at a so-called 'theme hearing' where incidents of a similar type can be jointly ruled upon.
And presiding magistrate Peter Coppen said: "The abuse or neglect of animals cannot be tolerated and breaches need to be seriously punished".
The defendants included a man accused by a witness of beating his Doberman dog, a defendant who tried to hang his dog from a kitchen door and a woman whose neglect ended in the death of her chickens.
Some of the suspects failed to appear in court on Tuesday.
Crimes of animal abuse carry a sentence of one to three months jail and/or severe fines in Belgium. Crimes of neglect can end in a severe fine.
The Ghent Court judge imposed a suspended sentence on one of the defendants and another case was adjourned to a later date.
The other eight suspects were convicted and a 30-year-old Ghent resident received the severest penalty. He was fined EUR 2,750, banned from owning animals for three years and jailed for three months.
A 23-year-old Nazareth man was sentenced to a 60-hour community work order for abandoning his cat.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news