Brothers Daniel and Andrew Frankish, respectively 19 and 22, filmed themselves head-butting and jumping on a bulldog before throwing it down a flight of stairs. The sentence they were handed is currently receiving widespread criticism for being too lenient.
Appearing at Hartlepool Magistrates last week, the brothers received a 21 week sentence suspended for two years and a tagged curfew for six months. Naturally, their sentence has caused outrage and a petition has now been launched, calling on David Cameron to review their sentences.
The bulldog, who was named Baby, tragically had to be put down three months after the abuse as she lost the use of her back legs. The video which is coming up contains scenes which some viewers may find upsetting. The footage demonstrates the sheer brutality of the brothers who are clearly enjoying themselves at the expense of this innocent creature.
The pair were rumbled when a memory card was found on a supermarket floor. In a bid to return it to the rightful owner, the good samaritan not only discovered the horrifying footage but also recognised the boys involved. RSPCA inspector Gemma Lynch said of the video: “The whole horrible ordeal seems to be for his and the younger man’s entertainment, for fun. Everyone who has seen the video says it’s the most distressing thing they’ve ever seen”.
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The Change.org petition has been signed by more than 170,000 people and states: “We believe this sentence should be reconsidered and the punishment should be greater for such horrendous treatment of a defenceless animal”. Petitions which reach 100,000 signatures have to be debated in parliament.
Petition organiser Alex Richardson-Lee, 24, explained that it was the “sheer brutality” of the video which drove him to demand a harsher punishment for the boys. The number of people who have signed the petition is impressive and demonstrates that we are not willing to sit back and allow people to treat animals in this way.