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Man convicted for kicking dog to death

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16:13 CEST+02:00
A 47-year-old man has been sentenced to probation and fined the equivalent of 100 days pay for animal cruelty after kicking a Golden Retriever puppy to death.

The man was convicted and sentenced in Norrköping for an incident which took place in Navestad in eastern Sweden in October 2010.

The Golden Retriever puppy, named "Angel", lived to only ten weeks old after its run in with the man while on a walk in the park with its owner.

"I was carrying my daughter in one arm and had the dog on a lead. When the telephone rang I dropped the lead," the woman told the court on Thursday, according to a report in the local Norrköpings Tidning daily.

The man reportedly "went crazy" as the puppy approached and proceeded to deliver a direct kick to the dog's midriff.

The owner and her daughter were able to retrieve the family pet from the bushes in the park and carry their newly adopted family member home, but Angel later died from the injuries.

The man later claimed that he intervened to protect his son who became scared of the approaching dog.

He claimed in court that he lost his balance and accidentally kicked the puppy, but this version of events was contradicted by witness testimony.

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