About time people have to serve jail time for cruelty. This happened in the UK. I hope the US gets a hint.

From http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/articles/8529125?source=Evening

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Two burglars who beheaded a cat and cooked a live mouse in a microwave in Greater Manchester have been jailed for three years each.

Steven Browitt and Andrew Maloney used a blunt axe to behead Greta, a blind 19-year-old tortoiseshell cat, during a break-in in Wigan last August.
They left her severed head on a living room coffee table for owner David Byrne to find when he returned home.
Browitt and Maloney, aged 35 and 26, both from Wigan, also killed Mr Byrne's pet mouse Snowy by putting it in the microwave along with some vegetables.
The pair, who also ransacked the house, broke windows and smeared food around the kitchen, admitted burglary with intent to cause criminal damage at an earlier hearing.
They were each sentenced to three years imprisonment when they appeared at Bolton Crown Court.
"This was a wicked and malicious crime in which you showed a callous indifference to the suffering of the victim's animals and the suffering of the victim himself.
"The only view I can take is that Mr Byrne had been singled out for this attention. I don't know why."
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About time people have to serve jail time for cruelty. This happened in the UK. I hope the US gets ... a cat and cooked a live mouse in a microwave in Greater Manchester have been jailed for three years each.

3 years is a start, but I think it should be much more. Governmentseverywhere need to take animal cruelty much more seriously.

-Kelly
3 years is a start, but I think it should be much more. Governments everywhere need to take animal cruelty much more seriously. -Kelly

You bet. Three years is probably more than they'd have gotten in this county/state though..three years probation, maybe. They just don't take animal cruelty as seriously as they should. It's better than it was, but there's a long way to go in the US.
Sherry
They should have gotten the same thing they put those animals through. The sentance is way too light in my book.

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About time people have to serve jail time for cruelty. This happened in the UK. I hope the US gets a hint.

If you look more closely, it seems that they got three years not for animal cruelty but for burglary with intent to cause criminal damage. Quote:they "ransacked the house, broke windows and smeared food around the kitchen, admitted burglary with intent to cause criminal damage." I think in the states you can get up to five years for animal cruelty alone. I don't know how much you'd get for just burglary and criminal damage.
They should have gotten the same thing they put those animals through.

You think they should've been decapitated with a blunt axe and / or microwaved to death?
The sentance is way too light in my book.

I do agree with this though (well, apart from the spelling of 'sentance', ha ha).
Steve.
They should have gotten the same thing they put those animals through. The sentance is way too light in my book.

And the light is way too dim in your lantern..
What do you think would be appropriate? I don't mean this to start (or jump into) an argument, but just wondering.
Sort of along the same lines, from time to time I think of a tiny kitten that somebody dumped in our neighborhood years ago. It was in a semi-rural area, and summer with temperatures close to 100F.I don't remember what made me go out and look down the street at that time, but I did and I saw this spunky kitten walking up the street toward me, ignoring the stares and hisses of neighborhood cats and barks of dogs. When the kitten arrived at my feet, I saw that she was about 6 to 7 weeks old and her eyes and face were covered with something like puss. I spoke to her, and she purred her little heart out.

I cleaned up her face and gave her some water, because I knew she would be dehydrated in the heat. She drank, and then I gave her some food, which she gobbled down. I did not want to expose our resident cats to whatever she had, and could not afford to treat her, so I took her to a vet who was known to be involved in rescue work and left her at the front desk.
I could never understand how someone could let such a sweet innocent baby get into such a condition and then abandon her in the middle of summer, most likely to die an unnecessary and miserable death.
I'm normally a non-violent person, but I would have no problem with sentencing the person who was so merciless to that kitten to be staked out in a public place in the middle of a hot summer day, completely at the mercy of people who passed by. (A nearby anthill would be optional.) Some people would probably look and go on about their business. Maybe someone would give the person water, maybe food, maybe a kick, maybe freedom. Maybe not. So, if we agree that sentences are way too light for animal cruelty, just how harsh are we willing to consider they should be? Annie
Steve, What do you think would be appropriate? I don't mean this to start (or jump into) an argument, but just wondering.

Belatedly, sorry, for the thread passed me by...
Don't know! However, the burglars' actions were clearly both animal cruelty and cruelty designed to upset the animals' owner. Double the sentence they actually got?
I'm normally a non-violent person, but I would have no problem with sentencing the person who was so merciless to ... that sentences are way too light for animal cruelty, just how harsh are we willing to consider they should be?

I think it should depend on intentionality of the abuser. Intentionally cruel behaviour should be treated very harshy. In such cases, the abuser has made a special effort to act inhumanely. Cruelty via ignorance or simple idiocy - hopefully education could work in such cases.
Emotionally, I think there is a pleasing symmetry in staking the crims out, or other eye-for-an-eye punishments - I wouldn't say that I'm a non-violent person especially! However, that seems a bit like regressing to the middle ages. An uncomfortable idea, and I'd not follow that path.
Basically - I don't know what an 'appropriate' sentence is, just that the 3-yrs the perps got in the case mentioned in the OP doesn't seem enough, to me. I guess that if I were the judge, 6 years with no prospect of early release might do. If the crims were younger, then the sentence might be made longer, so that they would miss the freedom of their prime years.
Difficult.
Steve.
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