TOUGHER sentences should be dealt to those who injure or harm animals, an MP said today.
Mark Menzies, MP for Fylde, has renewed his calls for a debate on animal cruelty in Parliament, following the suspected torture of five cats found dumped near Easterleigh Animal Sanctuary in St Annes.
The calls come as staff from the sanctuary set up a reward fund to encourage people to come forward with information about the cats.
Mr Menzies said: “I was appalled to read this tragic and terrible story.
“It was not so long ago that I raised the issue of animal cruelty in Parliament following another horrific case.
“I called for tougher sentences for people who commit these terrible crimes and I understand there is sufficient scope within the law for very strong sentences.”
Mr Menzies called for a debate in Parliament back in May after the RSPCA released figures showing 139 reported cases of animal cruelty in Lancashire in early 2012.
Easterleigh has reported to the RSPCA its discovery of five cats dumped near its Queensway Park Farm site on Friday, August 24, and Saturday, August 25.
Veterinary staff from Vets4Pets in St Annes said the cats’ injuries looked consistent with torture.
Three of the animals had to be put down, two more are recovering at the sanctuary.
Mandy Leigh, owner of Easterleigh, said many people have approached her offering money for a reward encouraging people to give information about the cats.
She said: “People have come forward with generous donations, of up to £250. I am very grateful for these.
“But it would be better for people help to pay for vets bills, and the sanctuary will pay a reward for information.
“I do not want to have kind donations sitting dormant if no-one can be caught.”
Mr Leigh added that the two cats, Marmalade and Pickle, are making a good recovery at the sanctuary.
She said: “All they want to give you is love.”
Anyone with any information can contact Mandy Leigh: (01253) 595333