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Four Egyptians sentenced to jail in infamous dog killing case

The case has caused outrage among different sectors of the public including animal rights groups with the defendants facing up to six months in jail

Ahram Online , Wednesday 11 Mar 2015
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The dog Max with his owner before the incident (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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Four Egyptian men were sentenced to three years in prison with labour for torturing and slaughtering a dog, among other charges related to the incident which was caught on camera and stirred widespread outrage.

The graphic video which circulated on social media shows a brown dog leashed to a pole, before three attackers strike it with machetes and sticks until it dies.

The incident took place in Qalioubiya governorate's Shubra El-Khayma district last month.

Three men, aged 28, 29 and 32 – two of whom are butchers by trade – were present in court for the verdict.

The fourth defendant, who was the owner of the dog, was sentenced in absentia.

The dog, named Max, was killed as part of a deal with its owners to settle the score after it bit several men in a fight, including one of the three attackers appearing in the video.

Apart from killing the dog, defendants were found guilty of possessing bladed weapons and terrorising the public. The ruling can be appealed.

According to Egypt's penal law, anyone who intentionally kills a pet owned by someone else could face up to 6 months in jail.

Egyptian animal rights advocacy groups condemned the incident and held a demonstration in downtown Cairo last week calling for the punishment of the perpetrators.

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Lynn
13-03-2015 05:46pm
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Justice
There is a flicker of hope that Egyptian Justice will take action against further abuse. What these men did deserved way more than 6 months. How sad and inhumane are they to take an innocent life that had no defence, tied Max up and then beat him to pulp. Beyond barbaric!!! And the owner for not standing up for his "beloved" dog. Wow.
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amy
13-03-2015 03:19am
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It's about time Egypt!
They better not let these men off at appeal!!! Egypt has a chance to move forward here! I hope if there is an appeal, that protestors will attend and make themselves heard! Let this be a step toward change!
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Dr.Feelgood
11-03-2015 10:10pm
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Bravo!
A strong sign that Egypt's judiciary shall be deemed to be seen differently.
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expat
11-03-2015 09:02pm
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how many times i have seen it in egypt? countless..
humans,which are not educated enough to deal with each other,but trying foolishly to govern another living being dogs in chains,which are mal fit,cats stoned,horses with bruises,which the IS couldnt do better, donkeys maltreated as of a horror movie and now this....a owner of a trusting animal,which PROTECTS him from being beaten to pulp gives it away,because he is scared of his enemies the dog wasnt rabid or anything else,he helped his master and this mongrel gave him to slaughter? .................. some thoughts,what i would do with HIM and the three butchers,
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expat
11-03-2015 08:12pm
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RIP
RIP,dog,you did your best,your owner did himself the biggest shame
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expat
11-03-2015 08:11pm
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how many times i have seen it in egypt? countless..
humans,which are not educated enough to deal with each other,but trying foolishly to govern another living being dogs in chains,which are mal fit,cats stoned,horses with bruises,which the IS couldnt do better, donkeys maltreated as of a horror movie and now this....a owner of a trusting animal,which PROTECTS him from being beaten to pulp gives it away,because he is scared of his enemies the dog wasnt rabid or anything else,he helped his master and this mongrel gave him to slaughter? .................. some thoughts,what i would do with HIM and the three butchers
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