THE Criminal Court in Zamora, Spain have sentenced a man to 9 months in prison after admitting to breaking the skull of his dog and then tying it to the back of his car and dragging the animal for several miles.
The case was brought against the man after volunteers from the Zamora Animal Defence Association by chance spotted the man driving his car with the dog towed to the back of it.
They followed the vehicle and then witnessed the man stopping at a ditch and throwing the defenceless animal into it. The volunteers then scrambled to pull the animal out, who they state was still breathing at the time but that his face was ‘completely shattered’.
They then rushed the animal to the emergency vets, however the dog’s injuries were so severe that the animal died a short time later. An examination of the mastiff revealed that it had been violently beaten and had suffered internal injuries as well as a fractured skull.
After the man was handed his sentence on Monday, December 16, which also prevents him from keeping an animal for 4 years, the Zamora Animal Defence Association said that although his punishment was not as harsh as it should have been, that they encourage residents to always report cases of animal cruelty.