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Italian man jailed for slowly killing noisy dog with nuts

A man who poisoned his neighbour's dog by feeding it nuts every time it barked outside has been handed a one-year jail sentence - a much harsher punishment than the €8,000 fine requested by the prosecution.

Italian man jailed for slowly killing noisy dog with nuts
A man who killed his neighbours dog by feeding it walnuts has been handed a one year jail sentence. File photo: Luong Tong/Flickr

Arturo the dog died in 2010 after a few months of serious illness which baffled his vet.

After a series of attempts at diagnosis and treatments, the vet worked out that consuming nuts had caused intestinal lesions on the animal, and Arturo's owner, who lives in the village La Loggia close to Turin, pointed the finger at his neighbour.

The neighbour allegedly threw nuts down to Arturo from his balcony every time the dog was barking in the garden. Because Arturo always ate the nuts, little evidence was left so it took the owner a long time before he realized what had been going on.

After discovering a few nutshells while mowing his lawn one day, the owner began some investigations and built up a 'dossier' of notes and photographs, La Repubblica reported. It was then that he caught his neighbour in the act of feeding Arturo with nuts.

A court heard that Arturo, a cross-breed, died due to eating the walnuts, which like chocolate are toxic to dogs.

The accused, Mario Macrì, has been sentenced to a year of jail for cruelty to animals. However, if Macrì pays €3,000, his jail sentence will be suspended.

As well as the emotional pain of losing his four-legged friend, the owner argued that Arturo's illness cost him €5,500 in vet bills.

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New York returns millions worth of stolen art to Italy

Prosecutors in New York on Tuesday returned dozens of antiquities stolen from Italy and valued at around $19 million, some of which were found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

New York returns millions worth of stolen art to Italy

“These 58 pieces represent thousands of years of rich history, yet traffickers throughout Italy utilized looters to steal these items and to line their own pockets,” said Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, noting that it was the third such repatriation in nine months.

“For far too long, they have sat in museums, homes, and galleries that had no rightful claim to their ownership,” he said at a ceremony attended by Italian diplomats and law enforcement officials.

The stolen items had been sold to Michael Steinhardt, one of the world’s leading collectors of ancient art, the DA’s office said, adding that he had been slapped with a “first-of-its-kind lifetime ban on acquiring antiquities.”

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Among the recovered treasures, which in some cases were sold to “unwitting collectors and museums,” were a marble head of the Greek goddess Athena from 200 B.C.E. and a drinking cup dating back to 470 B.C.E, officials said.

The pieces were stolen at the behest of four men who “all led highly lucrative criminal enterprises – often in competition with one another – where they would use local looters to raid archaeological sites throughout Italy, many of which were insufficiently guarded,” the DA’s office said.

One of them, Pasquale Camera, was “a regional crime boss who organized thefts from museums and churches as early as the 1960s. He then began purchasing stolen artifacts from local looters and sold them to antiquities dealers,” it added.

It said that this year alone, the DA’s office has “returned nearly 300 antiquities valued at over $66 million to 12 countries.”

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