In a heinous disregard for animal suffering, Forfar Scotland Sheriff Kevin Veal sentenced convicted cat torturer Declan Baker (right) to community service instead of jail time.
(Due to the disturbing nature of the crime, I will not describe it in detail here. For the whole story, click here.)
Baker admitted to microwaving a four-week old kitten. (The kitten subsequently had to be euthanized.) Baker claimed it was a joke that went to far and he regretted it.
Sheriff Veal said, “To put a small, defenseless animal inside a microwave oven and then activate the oven, with the injuries the animal thereafter sustained is altogether appalling and utterly unacceptable.” Veal also stated that he would be “hard pushed to envisage a worse case of animal cruelty.” Yet he turned around and opted not to jail Baker, saying his sentence would be better served in the community. Baker was sentenced to 120 hours of community service, banned from keeping pets for a mere seven years, and ordered to pay 150 in compensation to cover veterinarian’s fees.
John Robins, spokesman for Animal Concern Advice Line, said: “We’re disgusted at this decision. We’re disgusted that anyone who can do something as cruel as this can walk from court a free man.
“Anyone found guilty of such an horrific crime should be banned for life from keeping animals, sentenced to time in prison and then monitored on release to make sure they don’t repeat their crimes or go on to more horrendous activity.”
If you would like to express your outrage at this appallingly lenient sentence, contact Kevin Veal:
Sheriff Clerk’s Office
Sheriff Court House