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ANIMAL CRUELTY

Discarded poodle saved from dumpster death

East Lausanne Police saved an abandoned poodle that was trapped in a rubbish bag and thrown into a dumpster to die, daily newspaper Le Matin reported this week.

Discarded poodle saved from dumpster death
Photo: SVPA

The dog, first spotted by a bus driver who then alerted police in Belmont near the Vaud capital, has now been handed over to an animal shelter where it will be put up for adoption.

Michel Christin, of the Vaud society for the protection of animals (SVPA), told AFP that the poodle had managed to partially rip the rubbish bag open and had its head sticking out of a hole.

"I've never seen anything like this," he said.

"He's escaped an awful death because the rubbish dumpster compresses the bags."
   
The mistreated poodle is thought to be between five and six years old.

Christin said that although the animal was wearing an electronic collar when it was found, the dog has not been found in Swiss records.

The investigation has therefore now widened to also include other European countries.

Le Matin said the dog was "bathing in its own urine" while in the plastic bag that was tied.

It was a case of cruelty and "sadism" that Christin had never before seen in his 32-year career, he told the newspaper.

On Thursday, the dog was set for a proper clean-up.

"We've already received tons of name suggestions for him," Christin said.

The person responsible for abandoning the dog faces a fine of up to 20,000 francs (16,000 euros) or a prison sentence.

The SVPA said on its website that the poodle is doing well, although it is a bit frightened of its new surroundings.

The centre has received numerous calls from people who want to adopt the animal.

However, the centre said the dog would not be put up for adoption for some time while the investigation into where it came from continues.

The SVPA noted that it has no shortage of other animals seeking homes  — it receives 1,000 dogs abandoned or put up for adoption every year.

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ANIMAL CRUELTY

Decapitated cat shocks residents of Swiss town

The gruesome discovery of a cat's head on a street in northern Switzerland has left residents uneasy.

Decapitated cat shocks residents of Swiss town
The city of Schaffhausen in northern Switzerland. File photo: Hans Nater

“What they did to my Loki is really evil,” the 47-year-old owner of the cat told Swiss online newspaper 20 minutes.

The woman from Schaffhausen said she last saw her pet early on Monday. On Wednesday, when the cat still hadn’t returned, she called the police who showed her a series of pictures of a cat’s head which had been found on a local street.

“I knew straightaway it was Loki. He is the only black cat around here and the shape of his head is very distinctive.”

Police said in a statement released on Thursday that an unknown person had killed the cat on Monday and Tuesday. That person had then removed the cat’s head, possibly with a work tool, and placed it on the street.

Police are now searching for the animal’s killer and have called on the public to provide information.

Disturbing photos of the cat’s head were also released.