The facts occurred on Saturday evening in the Donkerputstraat in Waasmunster. Two women were with their dog Dribbel when they passed a jogger. The dog, a jack russell, followed the jogger. And he pulled out a sharp object, stabbed the animal and then continued on his way. The dog died instantly.
The local Hamme / Waasmunster police area had released camera footage of the potential suspect through Facebook on Thursday. The jogger was filmed in the area by a security camera at a house on the Neerstraat. The suspect has been identified, arrested and questioned. He is a 43-year-old man from Lokeren.
The man was brought before the Dendermonde examining magistrate for offenses of cruelty to animals and for violating the law on firearms. The prosecutor’s office requested his arrest for violating gun laws because the man could not be arrested for the cruelty to animals himself. The law provides for the possibility of arrest by the investigating judge for offenses punishable by imprisonment for one year or more, which is not the case for cruelty to animals, but for firearms law violations.
The conditions imposed by the examining magistrate are not disclosed. The suspect’s motive is also unclear. In the interest of the investigation, no further details are given, indicates the prosecution of East Flanders.