Rescuers found animal alive but encased in ice in its kennel in Yakutsk, Russia
Whimpering female dog had its eyes open and was still alive but encased in ice
Loyal pet had been covered in water and left outside in minus 32C cold by owner
The animal was freed but its suffering was so great that it had to be put down
A cruel dog owner deliberately froze his loyal pet to death by pouring cold water over the animal and putting it outside in the minus 32C cold in Russia.
Rescuers reached the whimpering animal while it was still alive, but encased in ice, in its outdoor kennel in Yakutsk, the coldest city in the world.
Heartbreaking images show the female white dog, eyes still open and frightened, pathetically waving its paw pleading for release.
A cruel dog owner deliberately froze his loyal pet to death by pouring cold water over the animal and putting it outside in the minus 32C cold in Russia
The rest of the pet’s body was frozen solid to the iced ground on the coldest night of the Russian winter.
The animal activist volunteers in Yakutsk – the coldest city in the world – managed to free the poor animal and rush it to the vet, but despite frantic efforts he was unable to save the one year old.
He put the dog down to end her agony.
A female volunteer said: ‘The eyes, I will never forget them. Did you ever see a man who wanted to live but who was already dying?
‘The dog had exactly the same eyes, understanding everything, just unable to explain.’
The activists have demanded action against the owner, with a petition signed by 10,000 Russians.
‘It’s one thing is when your dog dies, but this man has many children,’ said a volunteer.
‘Today he let his dog die next to his house, and tomorrow the same may happen to his children.’
The dog owner was not named but is said to have earlier neglected the dog.
The activists are also complaining about alleged police inaction over the case, and a policy of the local mayor to clean up city by exterminating strays, reported The Siberian Times. They claim this gives a green light to cruelty to unwanted dogs.
Now an MP in Moscow, Sergey Boyarsky, has taken up the case calling for the owner’s prosecution.