People abuse for a number of reasons. Frankly abusing an animal is a terrible crime in my eyes. It's like abusing a child, which is by far worse, but my point is that they are helpless and rely on us. There is a connection between those that abuse animals and those that abuse or hurt other people. Penalties should be tough and get them some help. Maybe not allowing them to have a pet, some anger management. Why laws are not tougher? It's the mentality that they are property or that they are just "an animal".