I used to proofread probation reports, which meant I was reading about a lot of crimes. The first animal abuse case I came across was so terrible that the only humane act was to euthanize the dog. Reading the details of that case broke my heart. I never agreed to proofread another animal abuse case report again. Unfortunately, not reading such things does not stop them from happening, as we all know too well just from some of the stories we write about on Dog Fancy.
This is one of those stories. But don’t worry; it has a happy ending.
While out for a walk with his dog in the suburbs of Paris, France, Pedro Dinis found a dog buried alive, The Dodo reports. Along with photos of the dog, Dinis wrote on his Facebook page, “Only her head was visible and it was difficult to see given the amount of earth covering her.” As he said, he was in the right place at the right time.
As Dinis and his dog, Goddess, began digging the dog out of the ground, they discovered that she had been tied down with rope so she couldn’t escape, apparently in hopes that she would die what would ultimately be a very slow and suffocating death.
Here are images from the rescue:
The dog has since been taken to a veterinarian where she was treated for shock and dehydration, The Dodo reports. She is reportedly going to be OK. Luckily, thanks to an identification tattoo, police officers were able to locate the dog’s owner, a 21-year-old male from Carrières-sur-Seine, Le Parisien reports. The owner told police officers that the dog escaped. However, authorities discredit his claim, given that the dog is 10 years old and arthritic. He will be charged with animal cruelty and brought to court in March of 2016, according to Le Parisien. If convicted, he could face up to two years in prison and a fine of about $32,600, The Local reports.
In a recent Facebook post, Virginie Nollot shared a photo of how the Dogue de Bordeaux, now named Athena, is doing:
What would you do if you came across a dog buried alive?