The picture below has been circulating these past few days. A certain concerned citizen took shots of the incident while they are on the way to Baguio. Apparently, the owner left the space inside his car vacant while he put his dog tied inside a sack hanging outside the vehicle. I have a dog and this pierces my heart when I see such cruelty.
Not to mention that euthanasia has to be done on stray animals around the city when noone claims them, but that is a different setting, talking about natural against common law. Nevertheless, from what I saw in the original post on Facebook, the dog was freed but they didn’t have any idea what happened when the driver drove away after it has been reported to the nearby police station.
Calling upon the lawmakers, can we rectify and have Republic Act 8485 to impose a higher fine when suspects are convicted of animal cruelty? On section 8 of this act, this can be easily paid and no imprisonment is imposed.
Any person who violates any of the provisions of this Act shall, upon conviction by final judgment, be punished by imprisonment of not less than six (6) months nor more than two (2) years or a fine of not less than One thousand pesos (P1,000.00) nor more than Five thousand pesos (P5,000.00) or both at the discretion of the Court. If the violation is committed by a juridical person, the officer responsible therefor shall serve the imprisonment when imposed. If the violation is committed by an alien, he or she shall be immediately deported after service of sentence without any further proceedings.