Mayor blamed for pet dog massacre is jailed for 20 years in Brazil 

Mayor blamed for pet dog massacre that saw 400 hounds drowned, starved to death or fed to wild animals is jailed for 20 years in Brazil

  • WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT
  • Marcelo Pamplona allegedly offered cash for each dog caught in northern Brazil
  • Pooches then put on vessels and launched into the Amazon before they drowned
  • Other dogs were dumped in remote locations in the rainforest, where they died

The former mayor of a Brazilian city has been jailed for 20 years for rounding up and killing over 400 dogs, it was reported today.

Marcelo Pamplona reportedly offered cash to locals for each canine they captured in Santa Cruz do Arari, on the mouth of the Amazon river in northern Brazil.

The animals were put onto vessels which were launched into the vast river and would eventually capsize.

Other dogs were dumped in remote locations in the Amazon rainforest where they would starve to death or become prey to other animals.

Scroll down for video 

The animals were put onto vessels which were launched into the vast river and would eventually capsize

Controversially, the mayor announced on local radio that residents would receive £2 for each male dog and £4 for each female they caught, specifying that the dogs needed to be tied up with rope

As dogs died from their injuries, their bodies were thrown into the water, police said. Pictured: A still from a video showing the dogs in the boats 

Although the mayor claimed he was ridding the city of ‘disease-ridden’ stray dogs, many pet owners claim their dogs were stolen from their homes by locals for the cash reward they would receive.

Police began to investigate in May 2013, when Pamplona, then mayor of Santa Cruz do Arari, called on council workers and local people to capture stray dogs on the city streets.

Controversially, he announced on local radio that residents would receive £2 for each male dog and £4 for each female they caught, specifying that the dogs needed to be tied up with rope.

He claimed that stray dogs were causing the spread of disease in the city.

Photos and videos obtained during the investigation show the frightened animals being lassoed and dragged through the streets, with many sustaining fractures or having their fur and flesh torn off, according to police.

Locals took the captured dogs to the city’s gymnasium, where they received their cash, before the animals were taken to two waiting barges which would take them to their deaths.

Another shocking video shows laughing men and children beating the dogs with pieces of wood as they push them into the hull of the barge, while another shows dogs with their muzzles tied shut with rope, whimpering as they try to free themselves.

As dogs died from their injuries, their bodies were thrown into the water, police said.

The vessels were later launched onto the local river Mocooes, where they eventually capsized and reportedly drowned most of the dogs, which were trapped under the deck. A video emerged of some dogs which survived, desperately trying to reach the river bank.

Following an outcry about the ‘canicide’, Pamplona said in a public meeting that the dog hunt would continue.

Yesterday judge Leonel Calvacanti, from the Cachoeira do Arari criminal court, condemned Pamplona to 20 years in jail and fined him around £400,000 for environmental crimes and animal abuse. Pictured: A dog being brought to the collection centre 

A video emerged of some dogs which survived, desperately trying to reach the river bank

‘People are losing their sight because of diseases transmitted by the dogs, and others who have been attacked in the street are declaring their support for me,’ he said.

Following the investigation one witness, who claimed his two pet dogs were taken by council workers without his permission, was put under police protection after he claimed he had been threatened and beaten up by Pamplona’s men.

Yesterday judge Leonel Calvacanti, from the Cachoeira do Arari criminal court, condemned Pamplona to 20 years in jail and fined him around £400,000 for environmental crimes and animal abuse.

Another six people involved in the dog hunt also received prison terms, including the Pamplona’s brother and the city’s former Transport Secretary who was jailed for two years and four months. 

Source: Read Full Article