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Stockholm guard fined for dragging dog to death

7 May 2012, 12:48

Published: 07 May 2012 12:48 GMT+02:00

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The incident took place in October 2011 after the man, who worked as a security guard, had tied the dog to his vehicle while he went to drop off a second dog at an assignment, the Metro newspaper reported.

But when the man climbed back in and drove off, he neglected to untie the dog and proceeded to drag the animal behind his car for several kilometres though central Stockholm.

Horrified drivers repeatedly tried in vain to alert the man that the canine was still fastened to the outside of the car, but to no avail.

Only after the man had driven for roughly five kilometers did he finally stop after another driver honked his horn repeatedly and gesticulated wildly.

The 39-year-old then unhitched the dead dog from the car and placed its lifeless body in the car's trunk before once again driving off.

He was subsequently charged with animal cruelty and last week was found guilty, receiving a suspended sentence and a fine of 2,000 kronor ($290).

The man, who has worked with dogs for several years in his job as a security guard, admitted he was overly tired at the time of the incident and simply forgotten that he'd tied the dog to the back of the car.

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13:39 May 7, 2012 by Eagle63
Just $290 for a terrible crime like this? They should do the same to all animal cruelty perpetrators as what they did to the poor animal. But only after 1 year in jail, so they can agonize over the terrible punishment that's coming to them...
14:12 May 7, 2012 by Snood
I guess they just wanted to fine him quickly to get him out of the court roomso they could get on with far more important law enforcement issues like jailing people for downloading a couple of films.
14:35 May 7, 2012 by k2kats
Is it possible that the court values life so cheaply?

While I empathize with fatigue, when did it become a mitigating factor in murder?
14:49 May 7, 2012 by Eagle63
Good point..
21:11 May 7, 2012 by zooeden
The dog was probably black or from another country!!!
22:38 May 7, 2012 by spo10
Terrible! It's just unbelievable he forgot about the dog...he would hear it barking or moving about.
06:54 May 8, 2012 by Céitinn
Murder implies foresight and intent. This is clearly neglect, an accident so therefore would be classed as manslaughter.

However, I am an animal lover. I've had dogs and cats all my life so I feel the punishment should have been a lot more.

I can't imagine a situation where I would tie my dog to the back of any car let alone my car. There are always places, especially in central Stockholm to tie a dog up.
08:22 May 8, 2012 by ctinej
This was an accident. The guy probably feels terrible too. It is so very sad, but the guy didnt do it deliberately.

Many animals die similar long and tortuous deaths and are given the sentence on purpose by people who think it is fun to do this to animals. They make it all OK by calling themselves Sportsmen.

Maybe all the hunters will have second thoughts of what a wounded animal goes through after being shot.
03:15 June 30, 2012 by sonia hust
If you're too tired, too absent-minded due to long work hours, perhaps decide to NEVER TIE a dog to the back of your car. A wise decision, no?
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