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Four Sentenced To Three Years In Prison For Brutal Killing Of Dog In Egypt

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In a landmark case, an Egyptian court sentenced the four people accused of involvement in the killing of a domesticated dog to three years of prison with labour on Wednesday.


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Eleonora Oldani (37)
Wednesday March 11, 2015, 4:03 pm

In a landmark case, an Egyptian court sentenced the four people accused of involvement in the killing of a domesticated dog to three years of prison with labour on Wednesday.

Three of the defendants are in custody, while the dog’s owner, was tried in absentia. They all faced charges of public “use of force and violence… by killing a domesticated animal, a dog, after restricting its movement.”

They were also accused of possessing without legal reason bladed weapons used to assault individuals. The dog’s killing was caught on a video that went viral on social media last month, sparking uproar and prompting a few dozen to organise a demonstration in Cairo. The video shows three men beating a dog strapped to a light pole with knives, eventually killing the dog.

The three defendants in custody admitted to prosecutors that they had killed the dog, accusing the dog’s owner of using it to commit crimes of theft. They said the dog’s owner attempted to steal a shop belonging to one of them, adding that the dog bit another defendant who attempted to stop the theft. The dog’s owner and a friend of his, who are at large, were sentenced to 15 years in absentia last week for theft.

The men who were sentenced today had filed a complaint against the dog’s owner accusing him of theft. They told prosecutors they agreed with the dog’s owner to kill the dog and in turn renounce the complaint. In a previous trial session, prosecutors demanded that the defendants are handed the maximum penalty. Egypt’s Penal Code states that the punishment for killing a domesticated animal or “gravely harming it” is imprisonment for up to a year or a fine of no more than 200 Egyptian pounds.

This is the previous article: Three Arrested For Brutal Killing Of Dog In Egypt

People were outraged and a number of demonstrations were held calling for severe punishment. I’m happy and hope that this sentence sends a clear message!

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 11, 2015, 4:47 pm
WOW I can hardly believe it---good on that Judge! Hopefully these vermin do every single day in a tiny miserable cell. Thanks Eleonora

Solitary Eagle (324)
Wednesday March 11, 2015, 5:02 pm
Good! Hopefully this will serve as an example to others!

fly bird (26)
Wednesday March 11, 2015, 5:47 pm
one year for killing the dog, and 15 for theft (in absentia), which, when found, they will try and appeal, most likely.'
One year is better than nothing. Hope the owner is caught, and serves more than a year.
I wouldn't have been able to watch the video. How heartbreaking, cruel and vicious disregard for life. And people speak of 'bestiality'...
It's despicable. Good for the court and kudos, now catch the cruel coward.
ty Eleonora for sharing.

heather g (46)
Wednesday March 11, 2015, 7:29 pm
Thanks for posting that, Eleonora.
What a tragedy for that beautiful dog's life. It's good that some justice is still in place in Egypt.

In Canada authorities have recognized that there is a very strong correlation between people abusing and/or killing dogs or other pets, to similar violent treatment of women. Violence is serious offence and not only should all of those sociopaths be jailed,but also made to do regular community work..... they have lots to learn.

Rose Becke (141)
Wednesday March 11, 2015, 9:07 pm
This wouldn't happen in Australia

Abo r (107)
Wednesday March 11, 2015, 11:52 pm
Thanks Eleonora , noted
good news

Lynn Squance (235)
Thursday March 12, 2015, 12:36 am
And may their 3 year prison term for the murder of the dog be a living hell!

When the Egyptian authorities find the dog's owner, undoubtedly he will try to weasel his way out of the 15 year prison term for theft,

Evelyn B (63)
Thursday March 12, 2015, 2:43 am
Very good news - I'm not sure that many countries would take such a stand. I hope they don't manage to overturn this on appeal - but already, it is sending a message. Is the press reaction supportive - or very divided?

Thanks for sharing

Ljiljana Milic (115)
Thursday March 12, 2015, 3:33 am
It is not justice - it should be much more, but it is a good news (where I live such sentence didn't happen) and hopefully - really the landmark case.
Thank you Eleonora

Monika V (448)
Thursday March 12, 2015, 9:39 am
YES!!!! In Egypt! Its a miracle!

Angelika R (143)
Thursday March 12, 2015, 2:52 pm
That is very remarkable for an islamic country, great news! Great example! Thx Eleonora!
(labor only "on Wednesday"? lol ;) funny sentence structure)

Ilona V (0)
Thursday March 12, 2015, 4:09 pm
This is a big step in the right direction for a country as Egypt!!!
Thanks Eleonora.

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Thursday March 12, 2015, 4:16 pm

Thanks for the comments - yes, Natasha, your wish will come true; Egyptian prisons are hell compared to European or American prisons! If these guys share their cell with some animal lovers ... all the nicer their stay!

Jess - by law the thief will get a re-trial as verdicts passed in absentia are nullified once the culprit is apprehended. But the outcome will not be much different if proven guilty.

Heather - Egyptians have a lot of very good laws; unfortunately the application thereof is often the problem. I.e. for rape we have the death penalty. A few months back 5 were sentenced to death for raping a women (the circumstances were extremely brutal) ... and many foreign HR-groups were up in arms ... not to be understood IMO.

Evelyn - you being very familiar with the ME ... it is divided; some think "oh well - it's just an animal" ... many are scared of dogs because all they know are the many street dogs we have ... but many are "crazy" animal lovers. I suspect the judge falls in the latter category ;-). They might get a reduction from the Court of Appellation but jail they'll do for sure. Many call to respect what it says in the Qur'an to treat animals kind and look after their well being. But whichever way one looks at it - the treatment of animals is right now (other than politics) a hot topic and that's the one good outcome of this vile crime.

You all stay safe and thanks again for the comments!

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Thursday March 12, 2015, 4:39 pm

Hi Angelika - well ... sometimes the English translations/wordings are truly funny and open to interpretation ;-).

Just got this link from a friend which I believe says it quite clear how animals should be treated: Animal Welfare. As always - education is the key!

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 12, 2015, 4:48 pm
Not enough time in my opinion.
Thank you Eleonora

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Thursday March 12, 2015, 5:03 pm

Nancy - I would have given them a different sentence too; in such cases I do believe strongly in an "eye for an eye"!

What would they have gotten in the US for killing a dog?

Angelika R (143)
Thursday March 12, 2015, 5:21 pm
Probably a petition at C2 asking for prosecution and punishment.. ;)

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Thursday March 12, 2015, 5:52 pm
Wow! This is indeed a landmark case for Egypt. Go Egypt!

Christine Stewart (134)
Thursday March 12, 2015, 5:55 pm
Hideous stupid people to kill the poor dog when it was the dog's owner who committed the crimes! Just like letting one's sister be murdered so the man can get away without punishment...

Connie Palladini (106)
Thursday March 12, 2015, 7:03 pm
You said it, Christine!!!

Janet B (0)
Thursday March 12, 2015, 8:20 pm

. (0)
Thursday March 12, 2015, 11:10 pm
Good. Let it be a warning to other people who harm, torture and kill innocent animals. Thanks for posting, Eleonora.

Helga Ganguly (138)
Thursday March 12, 2015, 11:35 pm
I don't understand taking anger out on a helpless animal.But I'd take them all in if I could. Horrible people.

Cheryl H (91)
Friday March 13, 2015, 12:23 am
Hope they get what they deserve and more. Thanks Eleonora!

Leslene Dunn (84)
Friday March 13, 2015, 12:47 am
Hopefully someone will kick them to death whilst in jail - they are cruel heartless bastard rubbishes, they should have been hung.

SylvieBusy A (190)
Friday March 13, 2015, 4:19 am
It's a good news ! Thank you.

Rhonda B (99)
Friday March 13, 2015, 6:33 am
Great news! Thank you for sharing Eleonora.

Ruth C (87)
Friday March 13, 2015, 8:40 am
May the Almighty grant him no more no less what he deserves!

End CrueltyDeb Williams-Shepard (154)
Friday March 13, 2015, 12:28 pm
Am so glad!

Danuta W (1251)
Saturday March 14, 2015, 3:03 am

Aurea Aurea Walker (226)
Sunday March 15, 2015, 8:42 am
Good for Egyptian JUSTICE to hand out some time in jail, perhaps not enough, but am sure Egyptian jails must be quite atrocious! Gee now if could implement these laws more justly here in the USA! True irony we here in the USA do not mete out enough of this justice for our companion sentient beings.
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