To the Editor:
According to an April 15 article by Felix Sarver, a person by the name of Joseph Siwek of Bartlett was acquitted of two felony accounts of animal cruelty but was found guilty of cruel treatment of an animal.
He killed a poor little dog. Oh, he did hit the dog unintentionally, so he should only get his “hand slapped" and get off with almost nothing.
I am so tired of hearing these stories of animal cruelty and the police and lawyers are only getting minor offenses for these people. Policemen are good and do a great job, but they also need to consider that abusing an animal, should require punishment.
I realize abusing an animal is not like abusing a human where (in most circumstances) people get punished, but an animal has a life as well, and a person, should be fined heavily or receive jail time so that people can understand that this is a serious offense.
I would hope that the state's attorney's office could change these laws and understand that harming an animal should come with a great punishment!