The news this week that two men slaughtered 33 dogs has left many Kiwis wondering what can be done to prevent this kind of animal cruelty.
The SPCA continues to look at prosecuting the perpetrators but National MP Simon Bridges says current penalties not enough to deter animal abusers.
Mr Bridges has called for tougher sentences for people convicted of animal abuse crimes.
The 33 dogs were slain when a neighbourly dispute turned ugly Russell Mendoza claimed one of Rowan Hargreaves' 39 dogs killed his fox terrier so he and a friend shot 33 of the 39 dogs, many of them pups, at point blank range.
The dogs reportedly screamed in agony and were terrified as the animals around them died.
As one of the injured dogs attempted to bite the rifle the shooter blew its head off, witnesses have said.
Mr Bridges said today the three-year maximum jail sentence for animal cruelty was not enough.
He seeking support for a private member’s bill he is putting in the ballot at Parliament to raise the maximum penalty for wilful ill-treatment of animals to five years' imprisonment.
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