Posted: Thursday, January 27, 2022. 9:49 pm CST.
By Benjamin Flowers: Love FM recently posted a short clip on their Facebook page showing a dog tied with a very short chain struggling between its doghouse and a fence trying to find a comfortable position.
Since the airing of the video, the United Humane Societies of Belize (UHSB), an alliance of humane societies countrywide, has come out to condemn such acts of cruelty against animals.
“Our group is aware of the incident of animal abuse that was recorded at the U-Mall in Ladyville a few days ago and were encouraged by the justified public outrage. There are thousands of dogs across Belize in similar, and even worse situations. Animal cruelty and abuse is illegal and has been for many years. We beg the public to be the voices for these animals. Please don’t turn a blind eye; report these situations to the police and follow up with them to ensure they are resolved,” the UHSB said.
The group, which had been advocating with the previous government administration for legislative change to allow for stiffer penalties levied on those who commit acts of animal cruelty, said that the advocacy continues.
Our newsroom was informed that the group is preparing to approach the Briceño administration on making amendments to the Animal Cruelty Act Chapter 115 Laws of Belize, Dogs Act Chapter 153.
The group notes that the laws are outdated and the language needs to be updated to reflect current realities, along with the penalties updated to serve as a better deterrent for the mistreatment of animals.
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