Owner buries dog alive in France

  • By Laurence Hirschler

Photos of a French Mastiff dog buried alive in the vicinity of Paris have sparked anger on social media, with the owner having been detained. He may be forced to pay up to a €30,000 fine for animal cruelty, and could spend up to two years behind bars.

The French Mastiff was found and rescued on Saturday by a man walking his dog in Carrieres-sur-Seine, west of Paris.

The dog was surrounded by stones, and its lead had reportedly been attached to a sack of gravel to stop it from escaping.

The man called the emergency services to save the shocked and dehydrated animal.

“Only her head was visible and it was difficult to see given the amount of earth covering her”

Police rapidly found the 21-year-old owner of the Mastiff, and took the man into custody. The owner claimed that the dog had run away, but security forces described his version as “not very plausible.”

“The dog is more than 10 years old and suffers from arthritis. It’s difficult to imagine her running away” AFP reported

The owner now faces a trial for animal cruelty and could be sentenced to a custodial sentence of two years and be bound to pay a fine of up to €30,000.

Meanwhile the shock online has boiled over into a petition urging the “maximum sentence for the owner.” It has already received over 260,000 signatures. This does however bring into question the influence of a trial by media, as such the suspect’s name and links to the petition shall not be published in The International in the interest of a fair trial.

L.Hirschler@theinternational.org.uk