Hundreds of thousands of Brits have called for a national animal cruelty register after teens cruelly tortured a cute dog – in the “worst-ever” case of animal abuse.
Almost half a million people have signed the petition calling for a US-style register of animal-abusing deviants, after little Chunky the dog was set on fire by a gang of youths, who also broke his back.
In November three youths were banned for keeping all animals for five years, given a referral order for 12 months and ordered to pay costs after being convicted of the “worst-ever” animal cruelty according to one veteran RSPCA inspector.
A fourth youth pleaded guilty to the same offences under the Animal Welfare Act at Folkestone Youth Court.
Maxine Berry started the “Justice for Chunky” petition which asks the government to set up an Animal Cruelty Register preventing offending offenders from ever owning a pet.
On the petition website Maxine wrote: “As an animal lover, who once owned a dog just like Chunky, I found this story highly upsetting.
“What shocked me is that these abusers and others like them will be able to own an animal again one day. There’s nothing to prevent them doing this again.
“I’m asking anyone who abuses animals, regardless of their age, be placed on an animal cruelty register which would follow them for life.”
Chunky, a Chihuahua-cross, was stolen from his owner by the four kids who carried out the brutal torture before leaving him for dead.
Three of the teenagers, two aged 16 and one aged 15 at the time of the offence admitted to punching and kicking Chunky before breaking his leg and neck and setting fire to his face.
The group then fed him drugs and dumped him at a rubbish tip in Margate, Kent.
Investigations by the RSPCA revealed that Chunky was stolen on February 24 and tortured over a period of several hours before he was dumped the next day and later found by a passer-by.
Maxine, who intends to give the petition to North Thanet MP Sir Roger Gale, added: “In some states in the US they already have animal abuse registries.
“If this had happened in New York these abusers would have to sign onto an animal abuse list that would prevent them from ownership of animals.
“The UK need to introduce a similar law.
“A five year ban is not sufficient, it is hard to implement in practice and why do we assume abusers attitudes will have changed after a few years?”
RSPCA inspector Caroline Doe said: “This was the most disturbing case I have ever dealt with – by an absolute mile.
“The whole thing sends shivers down my spine.
“The defendants may have been young and confessed to being under the influence of drugs but the cruelty they inflicted on this poor dog was extreme, barbaric and inexcusable.
“He must have suffered horrendously for hours as the senseless torture took place for the amusement of these boys.
“It’s a miracle he survived. I will never forget how terrified and depressed he was when I first saw him.”