Education Committee Chairman MK Amram Mitzna (Hatenua) has contacted Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein following a request put to him by the animal rights organization ”Let Animals Live”. Mitzna is seeking to appeal the sentence of a man convicted of abusing a dog to include substantial jail time, and not just the community service and probation he received.

According to the verdict`s description of the crime, the convicted man had tied a rope to the leg of an abandoned dog he had found under his house in the village of Samiya, then tied the other end of the rope to a car and dragged the dog several hundred meters to a dumping site. A veterinarian who was called to the scene was forced to euthanize the dog, who sustained severe injuries.

In his appeal to the attorney general, Mitzna said that as chairman of the Knesset Education Committee, which is also in charge of animal welfare, he believes that the sentence ”does not fit the severity of the act and its circumstances, and it clearly contradicts the accepted level of punishment.”

”I ask you, honorable attorney general, to have the sentenced toughened so it will include substantial jail time,” Mitzna wrote.

Mitzna noted that under the law, the maximum punishment for such a crime is three years in prison. ”The accused admitted to committing offenses of abuse, received a six-month suspended sentence, community service and a fine…Such a sentence does not induce the deterrence needed to prevent the recurrence of such acts,” Mitzna said.

”We must act with a heavy hand against those who abuse the helpless, be they people or animals, which also have rights that are important to protect,” he stated.