Dog thrown off bridge in Lithuania dies
Despite earlier reports that she was expected to survive, the dog thrown off a bridge in Lithuania has died, according to the Lithuanian website that has been credited with helping to track down the man who was videotaped doing the deed.
The man seen in the video, believed to be Svajunas Beniukas, 22, was filmed by friends as he joked about proving “dogs can fly,” then throwing the dog — named Pipiras, which means Pepper — off the side of the bridge.
Miraculously, the dog, whose whimpers can be heard on the video, survived, until this weekend.
I haven’t found an English version of the story yet, but ohmidog! readers inform me that this article on the website 15min.lt reports her death. A rough translation of the article into English can be found here.
The dog, who reportedly belonged to a neighbor of the suspect, received treatment for multiple fractures and internal injuries. According to reports, Beniuk was upset with the dog for attacking his mother’s chickens.
The dog was dropped from a bridge in the Vilkija district in Kaunas, the second largest city in Lithuania.
After the video appeared on Lithuanian websites, and then around the world, dog lovers helped identify the man as Beniukas. Upon learning of the hunt online, he turned himself in to police.
The dog had allegedly killed some of his mother’s chickens at her home in the village of Seredzius.
Beniukas, who lives in Kaunas, has been charged with animal cruelty. If convicted, he faces up to a year in jail.
Posted by John Woestendiek November 22nd, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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