Prison terms of 3 to 5 years for acts of cruelty that causes death to domestic animals
The deputies also approved modifications such as fines ranging from $ 100 to $ 2,000 for incurring abandonment and animal abuse.
Bill 173 that modifies Law 70, which tightens fines and increases prison sentences for animal abuse was passed in the third debate, Monday night at the Plenary Session of the National Assembly.
The document modifies article 241 of the Criminal Code as follows: who, through acts of cruelty, causes death or seriously injures a pet, will be punished with imprisonment for 3 to 5 years. Before, law 70 contemplated imprisonment of 18 to 24 months for these acts of cruelty.
Euthanasia and the slaughter of farm animals are excepted from this standard.
In turn, the document hardened fines for different forms of abuse, such as not providing food and abandoning animals.
These fines are:
Article 16. The offenses established in numerals 1, in cases of minor injuries to a pet, and 2 of the previous article will be sanctioned with a fine of five hundred dollars $ 500.00 to two thousand dollars $ 2,000.00, community work, and the obligation to attend a 40-hour course on animal rights and non-abuse.
Article 17. The faults established in numerals 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 of article 15 (abandonment, malnutrition and deplorable hygienic conditions) will be sanctioned with a fine of $ 100 to $ 1,000, including community work, and the obligation to attend a 40-hour course on animal rights and non-abuse.
Article S. Article 17-A is added to Law 70 of 2012 as follows: Article 17-A. Contravene the animal health measures contained in article 10, in its numerals 1,2,3,4,5,7, or in the offenses against domestic animals, contained in article 15, in numerals 8 and 9, of this law , will be sanctioned with a fine of one hundred $ 100 to $ 300.
The bill that now awaits the presidential signature to become a Law mandates the rescue of the animal and its protection in a shelter until it can be in better conditions in new homes. And power is given to any person in the national territory to denounce acts that go against the rights of domestic animals.