Dogs Trust is disappointed by the woefully inadequate penalties available for cruelty cases for a conviction under the Animal Welfare Act. Cases such as Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Sugar, who was attacked in a lift by Besmur Idrizi clearly highlights this. A person who injures or kills a dog can only be given a maximum custodial sentence of six months under the Animal Welfare Act. This highlights the urgent need for Defra to review animal cruelty sentences and introduce penalties that reflect the seriousness of the offences that are sadly carried out on a daily basis.
Besmur Idrizi was sentenced to 20 weeks in prison after he launched a "sickening" attack on a terrified Staffordshire Bull Terrier called Sugar.