It seems like the majority of people walk scot-free after statistical data presented by the police reveals a worrying lack of charges and convictions since 2018, despite some infamous animal cruelty cases over the past several years.
Five others were indicted in the district of St Julians/San Ġwann, four from the district of Cospicua/ Żabbar, three from the district of Paola/Luqa, one from the district of Hamrun/Rabat, one from the district of Birkirkara/Naxxar and one from the district of Mosta/Qawra.
Just four of the 25 were paid, one from Qormi/’Żebbuġ, one from Paola/Luqa, one from Birkirkara/Naxxar and one from Mosta/Qawra.
Of the four individuals accused, three are Maltese and one is Italian, all of whom are male.
Over the past few years, there have been many high-profile incidents of animal cruelty, including Andre Galea, a backyard puppy breeder whose two dogs mauled and murdered his grandmother and chihuahua. On several occasions, Galea was issued a clean health bill by authorities and has yet to be fined.
After Animal Welfare had to confiscate eight dogs who were found living in squalor in an upstairs room, another Żejtun dog owner is expected to be charged in court.
Last year at a construction site in Paola, five dogs and some rabbits and birds were all found in poor condition.
A karozzin horse that died from an apparent heart attack was also the case, triggering a change in laws to better protect animals carrying the brunt of the Maltese sun
Justice has been served in several cases, most notably in the case of a 23-year-old Leon Borg who was sentenced to two years in jail after pleading guilty to crushing his beloved chihuahua against his bedside table pill during last summer’s drug-related incident, leading to his death.
In addition, after being found guilty of animal cruelty, Sergio Borg, a farmer who chained and starved many dogs and other animals on his Haz-Żebbuġ farm, was sentenced to 15 months in jail.
While welcome news, in the future, the court refused to place any penalty on Borg owning animals, which Lydia Abela supported, depending on the seriousness of the case.
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