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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Italy records sharp rise in femicides over the past year

Murders of women in Italy increased by nearly 16 percent over the past year, with the vast majority committed by a partner or ex-partner.

Italy records sharp rise in femicides over the past year

Data from Italy’s interior ministry on Monday showed there were 125 femicides between 1 August 2021 and 31 July 2022, compared with 108 during the same period in the previous year.

Of that number, the vast majority of murders — 108 — were committed within the family sphere or an emotional context, while 68 murders, or 63 percent of the total, were committed by the victim’s partner or ex-partner, data showed.

There were a total of 319 murders in Italy in the period.

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