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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Lenient sentence in cruelty case is disheartening

In reference to the Jan. 6 article, "Man sentenced in starvation death of three horses," I am extremely disheartened by the lenient sentence. After committing such a heinous act the guilty person only had to serve 20 days in jail, pay a little over $3,000 in fines and court fees, is on probation for four years with some type of diagnostic assessment and is not allowed to own animals or pets.

It is unclear whether this prohibition is limited to four years or his lifetime. In my opinion the latter makes entirely more sense. If this sentence is the strongest the law will allow, I believe Minnesota's animal cruelty laws need to be strengthened.

In closing I am reminded of a quote by Gandhi: "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."