A dog owner is facing a police probe after telling animal shelter owners she would have her unwanted French Bulldog slaughtered by a butcher if they refused to take it.
The owner took the dog to an animal refuge in Krems an der Donau, a city in Lower Austria with her partner and said they wanted to get rid of the seven-year-old dog French Bulldog immediately.
As the refuge was completely full workers asked if they could keep hold of the dog for a few weeks more and then bring it back.
But the couple were not happy with this solution and A worker at the animal refuge said: “They threatened to put the animal to sleep straight away. When our staff told them that no serious vet would even consider putting a healthy animal to sleep, the woman said she knew a butcher who would help.
“She added that if he refused they would go over the border and find someone who would kill the animal.”
The workers at the refuge centre were so worried about the animal’s well being that they kept it despite not having the room to take it.
After carrying out checks, they found the dog had not been properly registered and was suffering from malnutrition, a serious ear infection, its fur was in a poor condition and its teats were larger than they should be.
The staff believe the animal was used for breeding and when was of no more use the owners wanted rid of it.
The centre has filed a complaint with the police who are investigating possible charges.
Barbara Stoger, police chief in Gmund in Lower Austria, said: “Any attempt to kill a healthy animal is a punishable offence. The threats will need to be investigated.”
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