The dog lived permanently with an electric pulse collar, this disputed training device, in principle used to prevent canines from moving away or barking. But Bandit, a Mastiff cross, was constantly receiving shocks. “To the point of writhing in pain,” says someone close to the case. To the point also of causing, on the skin of his neck, burns transformed into infected wounds.
This abuse is not the only one that his owner has subjected him to. “He was running the dog behind his scooter, thoroughly,” adds another close to the investigation. “And he was beating him. »
It was also when a neighbor of this abusive master witnessed a violent scene that the alert was given. This woman called the SPA, testifying to beatings in the stomach of the animal forced to wear the infernal collar. Several reports describing the ill-treatment inflicted were sent to the SPA at the very beginning of the year.
The SPA filed a complaint
Last February, an investigative delegate from the association visited the owner three times, who never opened his door. The SPA then sent him a letter of formal notice. which he did not take into account. And the testimonies about the behavior of the owner of Bandit continued to flow. Also, on April 9, the association filed a complaint for acts of cruelty.
This Tuesday, the police went to this 31-year-old man, rue Louis-Pasteur in Bagneux. He was away. The police entered his apartment, where they discovered the animal subjected to the impulses of the electric collar and in very bad condition. The dog, about 2 years old, is now taken care of by the animal protection association.
Its owner was summoned to the police station, where he showed up on Wednesday. Taken into custody, he said he would return the collar to his dog as soon as he got it back. It’s not about to happen. The man will first have to explain himself to the Nanterre Criminal Court, where he is summoned in March of next year. He faces three years in prison and 45,000 euros. And the definitive ban on keeping an animal. If the judges make such a decision, the SPA may offer the dog for adoption. Until then, the association will treat him and try to restore his confidence in the man.