The dog was an 8 year old Malinois named Ginger (illustration). - Adem ALTAN / AFP

A young man was sentenced Monday in Val-de-Marne to one year in prison, including six months firm, for stabbing for vengeance, a dog in a street in Bonneuil-sur-Marne (Val-de-Marne). The facts took place Wednesday January 8 rue des Clavizis, in front of a building bar which houses a point of deal and whose residents have been complaining since December. A mother was walking her dog on a leash, an 8-year-old Malinois, Ginger, when a hooded man came from behind and stabbed the animal's side which collapsed in agony before die a few minutes later.

"To kill someone's dog for revenge is to commit violence against their owner. This is what the judges of the Créteil criminal court considered, who sentenced the 22-year-old to a year in prison, six months of which was closed, "Patrice Grillon, a lawyer at the Paris bar, told AFP. defended animal defense associations and the dog's owner.

"Non-pecuniary damage"

The lawyer "welcomed" the sentence, saying that "the court considered that despite the accused's denials, he was found guilty of the entire facts". "He was also ordered to pay 3,000 euros in damages to the owner," added Patrice Grillon who pleaded "moral injury of affection" for the loss of an animal that had been part of the family for 8 years .

“We are starting to get more and more jail time for cruelty to animals. This proves that the magistrates are aware of their rights and of public opinion, ”commented Stéphane Lamart, who had brought a civil action with the National Society for the Defense of Animals (Snda). At the end of the hearing, the young man, living in Bonneuil-sur-Marne, was imprisoned.


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