August 23, 2009
A horribly burned and disfigured young dog, Mambo, will have a rare opportunity to face his alleged tormentors in open court in December. Set on fire and left for dead on August 10 in the small French Pyrenees village of Espira-de-l’Agly in southern France, the dog suffered third-degree burns to 50 percent of his body. A local police spokesman said: “Mambo was clearly looking for help when he went missing. He approached the pair because he is extremely friendly, but they showed him nothing but cruelty. He was held down by the woman, and then the man poured petrol [gasoline] over him, and set him alight. He was left for dead, but animal aid workers were alerted and managed to save him. He has made an amazing recovery.”
The 17-year-old man and 22-year-old woman who burned the small chocolate brown mixed-breed dog are charged with extreme animal cruelty: They face a prison sentence of up to six months in jail; fines up to $3,300 USD; and a lifetime ban from keeping any animal. Court authorities in the city of Perpignan, where the unprecedented trial will be held, have ruled that the defendants should remain anonymous until trial because there have already been threats of violence against them. Last week, people were so upset by what happened to Mambo that 200 protesters marched through Espira-de-l’Agly. The two accused are out of jail on bail until their December court date with Mambo, when Mambo’s terrible burns will be shown to the judge and jury by prosecutors. Meanwhile, Mayor Gerard Bile of Espira-de-l’Agly,said: “We are already sending the bills to the torturers’ families. What happened was grotesque. This hero dog deserves our full admiration.”
Mambo is in the care of the Society for the Protection of Animals (SPA) in Perpignan until a new home is found for him. I can’’t imagine that placing Mambo will be a problem. Mambo deserves a better life, and I’ll gladly adopt him if a home can’t be found.
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