Deserve to be locked up

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​After reading the recent story regarding the dog that was left to die in a back yard,​I would like to know how ​the ​defending solicitor had the audacity to tell magistrates that, although, it was a serious offence it did not warrant a custodial sentence.

These solicitors really make me sick, prepared as they are to sell their souls to ensure these people escape the punishment they deserve.

P​eople who neglect innocent animals in this way are the scum of the earth and as long as there are people prepared to defend their disgraceful behaviour,​ and, of course, magistrates too soft to make examples of these people, cruelty will continue to happen.

Magistrates ought to be ashamed of themselves.

​M Mca​rdle