Desenzan, Italy: It was reported that a 13-year-old Brittany Spaniel was heartlessly buried alive by his guardian, and found after neighbors heard the dog whimpering 48 hours later. Source.
It was also reported that the guardian put a bandage over the dog’s eyes prior to placing him in the pre-dug pit and covering him with dirt. Thankfully neighbors heard the whimpers coming from the attempted grave and were able to dig the dog out, who was miraculously still alive, though unable to walk from being so weak, and gasping for air.
The sweet senior dog, named Jerry, has been taken to an animal refuge center, where he is receiving medical care. Again miraculously, his injuries do not seem to be life-threatening. The neighbors could only say that it was sickening.
It’s hard to comprehend how any human being could do this. Monsters do indeed walk among us. This comes on the heels of a prior story which I wrote about back on October 25th.
The 65-year-old guardian, as yet unidentified in the press, had no explanation of why he did this, only stating he thought the dog was dead when he buried him. He has been charged with animal cruelty and will be forbidden to have any companion animals in the future if convicted. He faces only a possible 3 months in jail and a $10,000 Euro fine.
He claims he had dug this grave in advance to save himself time. He swore to the police officials that he thought Jerry was dead when he buried him. If that was true, then why did he cover Jerry’s eyes with bandages prior to burying him? A dead animal cannot look into the eyes of his murderer.
As is so typical of crimes against animals, while being forbidden to ever have another animal is a good thing, the sad fact is that these things are rarely followed up on and that this can’t even remotely be considered a punishment for this type of cruel and heartless act against another living being. It’s rare that the maximum sentence is imposed in these cases, regardless of what country is involved.
The photographs included with the source article, which were taken by the local police (Polizia Locale Desenzano) from the Bresnia/Cronaca article from Italy will rip at your heart.
Yet again it was compassionate and attentive advocates who saved this precious life. The plans are that once Jerry has recovered, he will be transferred to a shelter and hopefully adopted. We can all only hope and pray that this happens, and he is able to find a new home to live out what’s left of his life, cherished and loved the way he should have been all along.
We can also hope that advocates in the area will fight to see that the maximum available penalties are handed down, so that Jerry can have some semblance of justice.
Additional information about this case from ninemsn.com.
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