[Update 11/22/2021] Call for Action: Punish the murderer who dragged a dog to her death with a Hyundai Galloper in Sangju, South Korea
Korean Animal Welfare Association (KAWA) published on 11/18/2021 as below:
Do you remember the animal cruelty incident that occurred on a national highway in Sangju, Gyeongsangbuk Province, last March?
It was a horrific case of abuse where a dog was tied to the back of a car and dragged to death. The court sentenced the abuser to four months in prison and a “stay of execution” of one year. (In Korea, this means deferring the implementation of the sentence for a certain period of time while also taking into account the circumstances for a criminal who has been sentenced to imprisonment for not more than three years. If that period is passed without incident, the prison sentence is invalidated.)
Although the court acknowledged that this was an animal cruelty case that resulted in the horrific death of an animal, the court considered the fact that the dog was taken to the veterinarian when he saw the dog collapsed and that it was his first offense, the court not only sentenced him to only four months in prison but also suspended the execution of the sentence for one year. (He will likely not go to prison at all!) In light of the horror of this case, the court’s punishment for animal cruelty cases is nothing more than a slap on the wrist. The punishment does not fit the crime, nor will it deter future cases of animal abuse.
Considering that until now, in South Korea, punishment for cases where a dog was injured or killed by being dragged by a vehicle was only a fine, this prison sentence is progressive. Although in this case, the abuser will likely not go to prison at all. KAWA will continue to pursue this case until justice is finally served.
We will continue to collect petition signatures on this horrific case to send a message to South Korea that this type of behavior must be punished to prevent this from happening to other helpless animals in their country.
👉 Click HERE to learn more about this case and our campaign.