Killing pets “without a legitimate reason” in this country can now imply prison sentences of between six months and two years or a corresponding 60- to 240-day fine. These sentences can be even heavier if there is "perversity" in the act. This toughening of sentences is the result of a change to the law that condemns the mistreatment of pets, such as dogs, cats or ferrets passed in 2014, following a proposal by the PAN party and the Left Bloc to prevent legal loopholes.