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Battersea calls for tougher animal cruelty laws after kitten left for dead in plastic bag

Battersea calls for tougher animal cruelty laws after kitten left for dead in plastic bag

Bryn with his favourite toy (Photo ref: Battersea)

Animal welfare charity Battersea has renewed its call for tougher animal cruelty sentences after a kitten was left for dead in a plastic bag in Slough.

Six-week-old Bryn was found dumped by the roadside by a member of the public and taken to a nearby vets.

He was malnourished, had a visibly protruding spine and was covered in fleas and lice.

Foster carers at Battersea took care of Bryn for two weeks where he enjoyed lots of naps with his favourite toy and is now a lively, affectionate kitten living with his new family in Kent.

Speaking of Bryn’s ordeal, Lindsey Quinlan, head of catteries at Battersea, said; “This kitten’s story is truly heart breaking.

“We have all been asking ourselves what kind of person could be so cruel to such a young, defenceless animal.

“Fortunately, Bryn was rescued before it was too late and we hope he will now live a long and happy life with his new family.”

Ahead of the General Election, Battersea has set out its own manifesto with twelve animal welfare priorities for a new Parliament, including tougher animal cruelty sentences.

Lindsey added: “One of the most shocking things about Bryn’s story is that under current laws, the harshest punishment the person who severely neglected such a young animal would face is still only six months in jail.

“Animals like Bryn are the reason we’re campaigning for animal cruelty sentences to be increased.”

Battersea is also running a poll for the public to vote which animal welfare issues they think the next Government should prioritise.

Visit www.battersea.org.uk/batterseas-general-election-manifesto-brighter-future-dogs-and-cats to learn more about the manifesto or have your say on issues.

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  • Stranger

    15:04, 14 November 2019

    The problem is caused by crummy people who breed cats for profit in their crummy apartments. All part of Slough's massive and unregulated odd-job-man Facebook black economy . Break employment laws (choose the ethnicity/sex of the worker you want) and get away with it on Facebook. Apparently, break animal cruelty laws, too. If you search for kittens on Gumtree you will find some for sale for hundreds of pounds. It's big business. Nobody wants black kittens so they are advertised for a tenner each, by the same sellers who have the pricey, colourful ones from the same mother. They go unsold, and then what do you think happens to them? Anyone's guess, but they disappear from Gumtree. It's an industry that needs to be regulated, and the rules need to be enforced by someone. It would help a lot if Slough's MP had enough character to raise this issue in Parliament, but then, if he was a prime mover or had any original thoughts and ideas of his own, he would be a bad fit for Common Purpose and wouldn't have been selected for his party. He's only good for carboard-cutout grinning or the odd manic, raging diatribe. Oh, and the odd photoshoot with striking cleaners and security officers. Proper cynical, that guy. Someone who doesn't have enough primary drive to even talk and negotiate between strikers and bosses isn't going to have the balls to call a few shots about animal cruelty.

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