Two men are being prosecuted at Skaraborg District Court for having strangled a dog to death and thus subjected it to suffering.
In connection with a drug investigation, the police searched one of the accused men’s mobile phones – and found a film of the two men and some other unknown people torturing a dog.
In the preliminary investigation, the police describe how the men tighten a strap around a small Pinscher dog’s neck and hold it up in the air. The dog is bloody and seemingly lifeless in the film. Then, it is put in a plastic bag.
One of the men is known to the police and can be heard talking and laughing in the film. “Ah brother. She lives. What the f***? Brother, I beg you. Put the knife in her”, the man says.
The men deny crimes and claim in interrogation that the dog had to be killed for various reasons. The older of the two says that the dog was sick and in pain. He wanted to make sure that it really died and says he therefore “put the knife to the dog’s neck”.
The younger man says that the dog had attacked other dogs and people and was therefore killed. According to him, the dog was shot dead with two bullets. The strap was then used to put the dog in the plastic bag.
He admits that it is him in the film, and when asked why he laughs, he replies: “I was shocked. Everyone reacts differently when in shock. I got shocked and I panicked.”
The older man is a former citizen of a Central American country while the younger man has Swedish citizenship, but has a non-Swedish accent.
In addition to animal cruelty, both men are also prosecuted for serious drug offenses. The younger is also prosecuted for attempted drug smuggling and illegal driving, while the older is prosecuted for assault and illegal threat.
Voice of Europe