Two Saudis face jail, fine for killing dog

Two Saudi men are facing jail or could pay a heavy fine after they were convicted of deliberately driving over a stray dog ten times until it was dead. (Supplied)

Two Saudi men are facing jail or could pay a heavy fine after they were convicted of deliberately driving over a stray dog ten times until it was dead - and filming the despicable act of cruelty, the British newspaper ‘Daily Mail’ reported on Thursday.

The paper, in a report from Riyadh, said Saudi authorities have arrested the two men after identifying their car in the film that went viral on social media last week.

The film showed one of the men driving a 4x4 vehicle in an unspecified desert area in Saudi Arabia while the second videos the clip.

The dog had been standing in the road when the car driver deliberately smashed into it. Clearly still alive but obviously crippled and unable to escape, it was then repeatedly run over by the car driven by the Saudi wearing a cap on his head.

“We have identified these criminals through their car which appeared in the film…both were arrested,” Saudi agriculture ministry spokesman Jaber Al Shahri said this week.

The ‘Daily Mail’ said the court in Riyadh has adjourned before sentencing and that the pair face either jail or a fine of up to SR500,000 (Dh500,000).

Al Shahri said the two young men had clearly breached the terms of the unified code of merciful treatment of animals adopted by Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states.
 

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