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National Animal Welfare Trust welcomes longer sentencing for animal cruelty crimes

The National Animal Welfare Trust is delighted with the Government’s announcement today that the maximum sentence for animal cruelty crimes will be extended from six months. 

It follows a public consultation about the sentencing proposals which received strong backing and gives a clear signal to those who commit cruel acts that society wants appropriate punishment for such brutality. 

The news comes the same week as the National Animal Welfare Trust supports the family of Dexter, a former NAWT cat, who might be left permanently injured after being shot in the mouth.

CEO Clare Williams commented: “The horrific injuries Dexter has suffered are just another reminder why today’s announcement from the Government is so welcome.

"Tougher sentencing for animal cruelty is something that charities and the public have long been campaigning for and we’re so pleased to hear it is going to be imposed.”

To support fundraising campaign for Dexter’s recovery, please click here.


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