Animal Cruelty Cases: What's the Right Punishment?
Recent reports about kittens in a freezer and a dog who took an ax to the face have the Tampa Bay area buzzing about animal cruelty laws. What's your take?
Two high profile incidents of animal abuse have sparked a strong reaction from Patch readers and community members about what should happen to those found guilty of animal cruelty.
And in Bradenton, a dog was found last month walking through a neighborhood after taking an ax or machete to the head and face. Local animal services officials called it the worst case of animal cruelty they had seen out of "hundreds of cases a year."
Comments on these stories ranged from some readers "rethinking their stance on the death penalty" to calls for the perpetrators to "have the book thrown at them" or to suffer the same fate as the animals.
We want to hear from you, Tampa Bay. What's the appropriate punishment for those found guilty of animal cruelty? Do you think animal cruelty laws should be tougher? Should they be as tough as those that deal with people who harm people, or is that going too far? Post your comments below.