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Dogs Trust

We welcome Scottish Government's proposals on animal cruelty crackdown

We are delighted by the Scottish Government’s proposal to increase the maximum penalty for animal cruelty offences from a paltry 12 months to five years in prison. Animal cruelty in any form is abhorrent and inexcusable and these proposals reflect the seriousness of these offences that are sadly carried out on a daily basis.

We hope that increased sentences coupled with more robust enforcement, will act as a deterrent to criminals and protect more dogs from harm. These measures and the proposal for expediting the rehoming or selling on of dogs being detained in kennels during legal proceedings are important steps in striving for the highest standards of animal welfare in Scotland and we look forward to working with the Government on this issue.

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