During a press conference Tuesday, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said Aquino signed last October 3 Republic Act 10631 or the act amending certain sections of Republic Act 8485 or the Animal Welfare Act of 1998.
"Notable among the amendments of 10631 would be the increase in penalties, as well as offenses counted under this act," she said.
Under RA 10631, the abandonment of an animal in a person's custody shall now be considered an offense.
This, along with other acts of cruelty, neglect, and maltreatment, shall be punishable by:
- "Imprisonment of one (1) year and six (6) months and one (1) day to two (2) years and/or a fine not exceeding One hundred thousand pesos (P100,000.00) if the animal subjected to cruelty, maltreatment or neglect dies;