A DEBATE over punishments for animal cruelty will take place in parliament today. Our WAB Debate asks: Are the sentences tough enough?

The debate follows public outrage after Andrew and Daniel Frankish subjected a bulldog to abuse last year.

The brothers, from Redcar in Teesside, had repeatedly stamped on the dog and thrown it down stairs. As a result the dog became paralysed in the back legs and was eventually put down.

They were given a suspended sentence at Hartlepool Magistrates Court.

If they had been jailed, the maximum prison sentence they could have faced was six months - meaning they would be released in just three.

So, should the laws be tougher? What punishment should be given to those that abuse animals? Leave your comments below.