BEIRUT: Two years ago, the Beirut for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (BETA) was informed of a dog abuser who picks up dogs in his truck, beats them, and kills them in Sin El Fil. Fast-forward to August 2018, that man has been sentenced to prison, charged with battering and maltreating dogs. This event is the first of its kind in Lebanon.
BETA’s investigation began back in summer 2016 after eyewitnesses reported seeing a man, whose identity was then revealed as G.S., tie a dog to a street pole and run him over with his car several times until he dies. Observing the subject deeper, the responsible team and on-field volunteers then discovered that G.S. captures dogs and tortures them before slaughtering them.
“BETA volunteers were in the area on a daily basis, trying to monitor the situation, catch the abuser in the act and build up a stronger case against him,” as stated in BETA’s report.
The organization was able to save a few dogs from the area and filed a lawsuit back in 2016 against the abuser. G.S.’ sentence was finally announced two years later and included a 10-day imprisonment and a compensation of LBP 20,000 and LBP 4,000,000 to BETA. His sentence is based on the older version of the animal welfare and protection law since his case was filed in 2016. Now, animal abusers must face much bigger sentences that include up to 2 years of prison and a compensation of LBP 50,000,000 based on the updated animal and welfare law (law 47) issued in 2017.
In their released report on the subject, BETA admitted that no sentence gives justice to the dogs that were brutally treated by G.S. The organization added, however, that this is a good step towards putting an end to animal abuse in the country.
“No prison sentence seems fair in his case and no penalty seems enough!” as the report by BETA noted. “This first of its kind event proves that the Justice System does prevail and we thank Judge Mansour El Kahi for showing that surely, the treatment of animals in our society is improving.”
The report was issued Monday on BETA’s official Facebook page, and it includes both the claims of eyewitnesses and actual video segments that show G.S. abusing dogs.
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