Recently, the shocking video of a dog being thrown from a bridge has circulated the internet. Svajunas Beniuk from Kaunas, Lithuania was the culprit. Svajunas, who was joined by at least two other people who filmed the event, took a neighbor’s dog and threw it from a bridge. The dog had allegedly killed some of his mother’s chickens in their home village. In an ironic showing of compassion, Svajunas waited until the traffic cleared before he threw the dog.
The dog, named Pipiras (Lithanian for Pepper), spent several days unable to move. A man discovered him, took him to the police station, and the police sent Pepper for medical treatment. Earlier reports stated that Pepper avoided serious bone fractures but had multiple injuries to his internal organs from the 60+ foot fall. The local citizens, in a beautiful outpouring of compassion, offered assistance and wanted to take care of Pepper after he would recover. Sadly, the latest reports on the local Russian radio station in New York indicate that Pepper has passed.
Svajunas was sentenced to 8 months in jail for the crime. Many people, including myself, believe he should have received a harsher sentence. However, the Lithuanian statute provides a one year maximum jail sentence. This was one of the rare times a sentence so high has been issued for an animal abuse case. The incident has infuriated residents and caused D.Mikutienė, member of Lithuanian Parliament, to register amendments which will increase the penalty for cruelty to animals to imprisonment for up to four years.
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