In an unofficial study of animal cruelty cases, a staggering dismal conviction rate becomes its own statistic. The fact is, only one in five animal cruelty cases actually end in a criminal conviction. According to my source on Dec. 2, the Herald in a special story by Sam Griffin, investigated the numbers after the shockingly horrific death of the horse in Tallaght that was burnt alive.
And, wait – the sorry conviction numbers become even clearer when the action numbers are used specifically - There were over 2,500 animal cruelty cases reported to the authorities during the last ten years. Of those reported cases, only 488 resulted in convictions.
The point of Griffin’s article really is that the majority of abusers receive no fines, no penalties and are left to abuse again.
Griffin also gave another interesting statistic. There were 785 court proceedings brought against these alleged abusers in a nine-year period. When the math is done, only one in three people were even brought up to the courts. Ultimately, one in four people that appear before judges get no penalties.
DSPCA’s Gillian Bird said that there are 20 cases of animal cruelty presently awaiting judgment by the Director of Public Prosecutions.
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