Police officials in Honduras fined a group of teens around $95 and assigned them 40 hours of community service each for posting a video in which they set off fireworks tied to a dog.
A group of around 10 teenagers, between 17 and 19 years old, in El Negrito, a town located in the Yoro province of central Honduras, strapped fireworks onto an emaciated dog and recorded it on video last December.
It caused outrage on social media and the teenagers went to court for the alleged incident.
An online petition on YouSignAnimals.org demanded Honduras Attorney General Oscar Fernando Chinchilla Banegas to impose a harsher penalty on the teens. Around 8,000 people have signed the online petition.
The author of the petition, Amanda Perry, said she thinks the Honduran government should further punish the teens because they acted with cruelty towards the animal.
“It is pretty obvious they have no respect for animals,” Perry said in a statement on the petition page.
Users on other social media platforms expressed emotions of distress and anger by the teens’ actions. Many said they think it is heartbreaking to see the teens kill a defenseless animal.
“This act of evil is beyond comprehension,” said Mary Black Hines in a Facebook post.
In the United States, the maximum sentence for a first time offender of crimes associated with animal cruelty ranges from state to state, according to Stray Pet Advocacy, an online animal rights advocacy and education organization.
If convicted in California, a person could be fined up to $20,000 and spend up to a year in prison.
In Illinois, however, first time offenders are punished according to the severity of their crime.
Pet owners convicted of neglect of owner’s duties can be fined up to $1,500 and experience up to 6 months in prison. Those convicted of animal torture, however, may pay fines costing $25,000, face imprisonment for 2-5 years and go through a year of probation.
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