Tough sentences in animal abuse cases

14th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

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

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