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

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

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.

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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.

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  • Astral Traveler

    May this dog rest in peace.

  • mjazzguitar

    “The dog’s owner attempted to reconcile
    with the disputers but the parties demanded that he should hand them
    over the dog to be slaughtered. The owner rejected and offered to buy
    sheep for ransom instead of slaughtering the dog. Unfortunately they
    refused and he asked them to shot the dog instead of killing it by
    knives and swords.

    “They accepted his offer but instead tortured it and used weapons which
    was filmed and circulated by users of social networking site.”

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  • Benfer

    Ils sont là, tous autour de l’animal, à filmer et ricaner. Les auteurs du crime le sourire aux lèvres, d’abord plein d’adrénaline, ensuite, tous fiers de leur acte, à s’extasier devant le cadavre de la bête.
    Les observateurs de cet acte de pure cruauté humaine, passifs face à l’atrocité qui se déroulait sous leurs yeux, frétillants de curiosité malsaine en attendant la fin tragique et plus que prévisible de ce qui avait commencé comme une bagarre entre hommes, suivie de l’intervention héroïque du chien pour défendre son maître, pour finir en bain de sang, dans lequel le seul à nager, est le plus humble et respectable de tous.

  • Mary Jane Papp

    these people are sick bastards

  • Miriam

    I hope that these guys will get raped in jail every day. The dog was just defending his owner, like all dogs do. Egypt must learn to respect the life of dogs and not only talk about the fact that its in the Koran. Act and respect!

  • patricia webster

    good got what they deserved maybe should have got longer,sad that the dog died,in life its not the animal at fault it is some of the bloody human race.

  • melissa wall

    All over the world animals are being treated as if they don’t count. Every animal counts and people need to be punished severly for the things they do to sweet innocent creatures. It makes me feel so ill towards our human race.

  • Rania Youness

    It s not enough to put them in prison for 3 yrs, They must pay alot for what they did to that poor angel dog. I wish them the same death BUT b4 dying wish them alot of pain pain pain and His Fuckin owner must be punished too bcz he is the first bastard I have ever seen. God never never leave his innocent creatures been hurt and never never interfere !! HE will when he wants bcz those creatures are the Angels of this planet,, Wish u again bad future in these coming years for all of u real sick bastards :@

  • Paul

    Barbaric savages!! Thank goodness they will be jailed, thank you Egypt courts

  • Carole Talaway

    This dog looks like one of the many street dogs that are allowed to breed and run the streets without containment. They are abused and live by either rummaging garbage or, if domesticated, are not treated like dogs with a defined breed. German Shepherds are, for the most part, the dog of choice here in Egypt. I blame the Minister of Veterinary for not doing more to educate the public, do an aggressive spay and neutering campaign to limit the numbers of stray dogs and cats and work with the police to start a hot line program so people can call in if they witness animal abuse or animals causing dangers to the public.

    • Miriam

      Maybe this is a start! also in the human world, first there need to be a killing before governments act

      • Carole Talaway

        These types of abuses against animals have been going on for years. It’s just now becoming a media issue. The Egyptian government has been woefully inadequate when it comes to human and animal rights abuses. Things are starting to get better with the new president. Because he doesn’t put up with mediocrity the rank and file are being scrutinized more carefully but the whole country needs an attitude adjustment.

  • EGM

    Barbaric cowards… that poor dog didn’t stand a chance being helplessly tied!!

  • Bystanding witness

    Great news! I do hope that abusers get this clear message!!

  • Rebecca Mcelwain

    Glad they got the punishment they deserve thank you Egyptian court

  • Debbie Baughman

    So sad for the Pup.

  • Kimberly Herdt

    Oh so it’s the dog’s fault? Boy this pisses me off. All of these guys need a life sentance! Poor dog, RIP


  • Karen Jones

    You need to educate people, look at all those who stood and watched and did nothing to defend this animal, they should be prosecuted as well for failing to act.

    • Minymina

      People don’t want to get involved. They shouldn’t be prosecuted for it.

      • Carol Hulbert

        They should be prosecuted for not calling the police, for making no effort to stop torture and murder of another living being. Thanks to the Egyptian court for finally getting somewhat close to what a sentence should be in a case like this. In my opinion it should be longer but this is progress at least. That dog suffered in pain and terror JUST THE SAME as any human would had this been done to a human although the sentence would be a lot longer. Their lives matter too and they suffer with pain the exact same as we do. Animal torture and abuse has risen in recent years to truly depraved levels and what people are failing so miserably to realize is that people who could do this are SICK and will graduate to humans if not stopped.

        • Miriam

          Yes, somebody should have ended this before the horrible act of crime took place.

        • Minymina

          They didn’t do shit so why the fuck should they be prosecuted? Use some god damn logic instead of speaking out of your ass.

          • Carol Hulbert

            You know cussing like that shows pure ignorance. I speak from my mouth whereas you speak from a toilet. Nobody has ever told me how to speak on any board and you surely will not be the first. I don’t know what rock you live under but in many places, it’s a crime not to report a crime. Had I been there, I’d have sure stopped it but then I love animals and realize they’re defenseless and voiceless. Obviously you have no heart, nor vocabulary.

          • Minymina

            What’s wrong, can’t you take a little bit of profanity?
            I speak the way I do because your argument is pure BS.

          • Carol Hulbert

            Really? What’s your excuse for the profanity when talking to others? You impress nobody. If I wanted to I could talk just like you but I am a lady and I have far more other words to use that don’t show such ignorance. You’re in Europe, I’d guess the laws there are different and that’s why you’ve climbed on your ridiculous high horse. Here in the US watching a crime be committed and not reporting the crime makes one an accomplice to that crime. If you were in that poor dog’s place would you not want, even expect, someone who saw what was happening to at least call the police, at the most actually help you? Silence most certainly IS tolerance which is inexcusable when a totally innocent animal is being beaten and murdered. There is NO excuse for animal abuse nor is there any excuse for standing back and watching it.

          • Marty B.

            You are absolutely right! The least someone could have done is call the police for help. The most would have been to step in and try to stop this atrocity and save the dog’s life. Instead, the people merely watched this killing unfold and did nothing. When we turn out backs on other beings who need our help, we become complicit and equally responsible for the outcome.

          • Ted Teodoro

            You really got things all twisted around in your coconut, haven’t you? Just read your statement again.

      • Ted Teodoro

        Oh, I see. Those who just watched the killing of a live being, effectively in the front row, are exempted from prosecution by dint of their tolerance of the act. That’s a pretty convenient world you live in.

        • Minymina

          Yes actually, its the law. Bystanders shouldn’t be prosecuted as they didn’t do anything. What kind of moronic logic is that where people are prosecuted for not stopping a crime?

          • Ted Teodoro

            Hello? Am I talking to a real person? Silence is tolerance, and tolerance is complicity. That logical enough for you? You know very well that if you were under attack, you would cry out to me for help if I was standing within sight of you. And do we really need a law to tell us when to help or not? I reckon you are speaking from Egypt. So, you are telling me that if there is a law that stipulates that you won’t be charged with complicity in a crime if you don’t stop the crime then you’ll take the exemption? Talk about moronic.

          • Minymina

            Actually I’m speaking from Europe.

            People shouldn’t get prosecuted for simply being bystanders. If they were not involved, then why should they be punished? Should people who witness a bank rubbery be arrested for not stopping it? Use your fucking head.

            If you actually watch the video you’ll notice that the bystanders were made up of old men and women (not to mention children). What exactly do you expect them to do? You are a fucking imbecile.

          • Ted Teodoro

            Well, if I am an imbecile, guess who’s arguing with one?

          • Veronica Finnecy

            All it takes for EVIL to flourish in this world is for goog men to stand back and do nothing.

        • Carol Hulbert

          I doubt it, she lives under a slimy rock.

          • Ted Teodoro

            Obviously a product of some kind of aquaculture!

          • Carol Hulbert

            I’ll never understand some people’s attitude when an innocent animal is being beaten and murdered. Their lives count too, not enough people seem to care, they’re not “just dogs” they are living beings who have as much right to live free from harm as we do. Weird aquaculture now, I don’t know about that 🙂

          • Ted Teodoro

            Compassion is a virtue and unattainable for some. We’re dealing with depraved individuals who murdered a dog and a crowd of people who just watched and didn’t life a finger to reject the cruelty before them. And here on this forum, we have an equally depraved individual who would rather defend the onlookers than express sympathy or sorrow for the animal. Neanderthals still walk this Earth, you know. These are the people who act like an anchor we drag around, slowing our progress to a higher level of existence.

          • Carol Hulbert

            I have to say, that was very well put and so true. My life is animal rescue, mainly dogs and I will never understand the horrific cruelty I see and not just with dogs but too many species to name them all here. So much evil in this world, Neanderthals as you say but I don’t even know if they’d be as cruel as the things I’ve seen and see every single day. I guess I should pity that potty mouth girl, I’d hate to be a person with no compassion or empathy for other life. My heart is broken daily but I thank God I love animals so much and my life is to save them from harm any time I can. Had I been in that crowd of onlookers, I can promise you, the dog wouldn’t be dead and I’d be the one in jail because I’d have certainly defended the dear helpless animal with whatever I could get my hands on. Thank you for that comment, very wise and profound!

          • Ted Teodoro

            More than ten years of animal shelter volunteering here…active in animal rights…

    • Ed_Stark

      You live in Egypt?

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