Responding to the news that a dog has been found buried alive, in Kirkleatham Woods, with a nail in its head, Redcar MP Anna Turley said:
"This abhorrent act of cruelty is sickening. That someone would even consider, let alone inflict, such brutality on a defenceless animal is beyond belief.
"I hope the perpetrators of this crime are caught and receive the punishment they deserve.
"We saw with the case of Baby the bulldog and the horrific treatment of her by the Frankish brothers that the sentencing for animal cruelty cases does not reflect the severity of the crime. It is not a deterrent to individuals committing awful crimes like this against animals.
"This is why I have secured a Private Members Bill in Parliament to toughen up animal cruelty sentencing. We need action to put an end to cases like this."
The Animal Cruelty (Sentencing) Bill was presented to Parliament by Anna on Monday 4th July 2016 and is due to have its second reading debate on Friday 24th February 2017.