Labour MP for Redcar, Anna Turley, has today (31st March 2016) written to the Justice Minister Michael Gove MP, requesting an urgent review of sentencing for animal cruelty crimes after the brutal attack on Bulldog ‘Baby’ in Redcar.
Andrew and Daniel Frankish horrifically abused their pet bulldog, repeatedly throwing her down the stairs, stamping on her head, swinging her around and head-butting her. They filmed the attack and were seen and heard to be laughing. Baby’s injuries were so severe that she was put down three months after the vicious attack due to loss of the use of her hind legs.
The brothers avoided jail and were sentenced last week at Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court to 21 weeks in prison, suspended for two years and a tagged curfew for six months.
An online petition urging the Prime Minister to reconsider the sentences for the Frankish brothers has over 155,500 signatures.
“I am disgusted by the actions of the Frankish brothers.
Lots of my constituents have contacted me expressing their horror at this cruel attack and the disbelief that the perpetrators have avoided jail.
My fear is that the leniency of their sentencing will send a message to the brothers and other animal abusers that law enforcement is indifference to animal welfare which is why I have written the Minister asking for sentencing practises to be reviewed.
We cannot allow other animals to suffer in the way Baby did.”