CAIRO: Shubra el-Khema Misdemeanor Court sentenced Wednesday four defendants accused of torturing a dog last month to three years in prison with labor.
One of the defendants is the dog’s owner. He faces the same charges, along with armed robbery using his dog to terrorize people, in absentia.
The four defendants are accused of torturing and killing a dog; the acts were captured on video that went viral on social media. The gruesome content of the video was met by huge outrage and demands to bring the perpetrators to justice.
The crime took place last week in Al-Ahram St. in Shubra el-Khema district. In the video, the men appeared to stab the dog, Max, several times to death in what was claimed as an act of revenge after the animal had bitten them several months prior.
Investigations into the case revealed that Sayed, the dog’s owner, and his friend took Max with them with the intent to rob a shop, and that when another man defended the shop owner, Max bit the man in his genitals.
Sayed initially spoke to a talk show and told them he had been involved in a fight and a crowd of people gathered to assault him, at which point he released the dog to defend himself and scare the crowd.
He also said he was forced to agree to a deal set by the other men to avoid a prison sentence after a suit was filed against him. The deal was to give the dog to the men after they insisted on taking revenge by killing it.
Investigations later showed that Sayed handed over the dog voluntarily as a settlement to those who he had tried to rob, and he seems to appear in the video comforting the dog before the assault begins.
Regarding the other charges of robbery, Sayed was sentenced on March 4 to life in prison, also in absentia.
Additional reporting by Hassan Afifi and Nourhan Magdi