I did like seeing this at the end of the article "Anyone convicted of the cruelty could face a maximum prison sentence of 12 months, a £20,000 fine or both, as well as being banned from owning animals."
So many states and countries place so little value on the life of an animal and penalties for cruelty are a joke. I think the people who do this sort of thing should have the same done to them.
We recently passed a new law here in my state called Magnums Law
Here is a short article- In Memory of Magnum and Scruffy: Magnum's Law - Associated Content - associatedcontent.com