Frenchman jailed for killing dog

30th January 2007, Comments 0 comments

METZ, France, Jan 30, 2007 (AFP) - A 48-year-old Frenchman was sentenced to 13 months in jail Tuesday for beating a dog to death, justice officials in the northeastern city of Metz said.

METZ, France, Jan 30, 2007 (AFP) - A 48-year-old Frenchman was sentenced to 13 months in jail Tuesday for beating a dog to death, justice officials in the northeastern city of Metz said.

Gilles Viardot admitted accidentally running over the dog in June last year as he reversed into his garage, and then finishing it off with a wooden plank. He said he was acting under the effect of alcohol.

The harsh sentence came as a surprise, as the prosecutor had only asked for a suspended term of a month.

Viardot was also ordered to pay 1,500 euros (1,940 dollars) in damages to the Society for the Protection of Animals (SPA) and banned from owning a domestic pet.

France's courts have handed down jail sentences for cruelty to animals several times in recent years.

In February 2005, a 72-year-old man was handed a one-year jail sentence for poisoning more than 140 animals in the central region of Correze, but committed suicide in his cell hours before his appeal trial.

The previous year, an 18-year-old youth was jailed for a year for setting fire to a dog after it was doused in petrol, while a 38-year-old man was jailed for four months for killing his poodle by putting it in the washing machine.

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