Man can definitely be cruel without a name at times. On August 6, a video particularly harsh arises on social networks and quickly goes viral. The facts took place on the island of Lanzarote, Spain. We see Timple, a dog appreciated by the villagers, succumbing after being tortured. Under a scorching sun, the animal’s limbs are tied up, and its mouth kept closed with duct tape. In these unbearable images, we hear the poor beast moaning as it struggles to breathe. His torment finally ends when he succumbs to his injuries.
These particularly cruel acts were perpetrated by Pedro Borrelli, a 39-year-old Argentinian, and Miriam Coll, his 41-year-old partner. Beyond the barbarity of the scene, it is the way in which the two individuals were judged that today outrages the whole country. The City Council, aware of the case, would not have bothered to alert animal protection associations. It was the prosecutor who laid the charge. The facts were punishable by up to 18 months in prison. But justice decided to impose only the minimum sentence on the two individuals, that is to say 6 months of prison for abuse on an animal resulting in death.
The couple justified their heinous act by explaining the animal had just bit the man and that they had therefore decided to tie him up. According to the Spanish media, they also explained that they had filmed the torture of the poor dog “because they did not know what to do with others”.
In addition, Pedro and Miriam were able to benefit from a reduction of one third of the sentence. As the couple did not have a criminal record, they were also granted a stay of the execution of the sentence, thus saving them from jail.
What to castigate the Spanish population and several dailies in the country, such as the newspaper La Provinicia. Some media have also revealed that Pedro Borrelli came from a very influential family on the island. The individual himself admitted that his wife had called “an influential person” on the day of their hearing to receive a reduced sentence.
Faced with this affair, several demonstrations and citizens’ gatherings have already taken place to demand firmer justice in the face of animal abuse.