It is, as the regional French daily Le Maine Librereported earlier this month, unbelievable the lengths to which some people will go to rid themselves of an unwanted animal.
Rather than take their Labrador-Boxer cross Dora to the nearest animal shelter for rehoming, an elderly couple in the western French département of Sarthe helped a friend hang and stab the four-year-old dog to death before throwing her body in a river.
All three "protagonists" have admitted to what they did, but as the animal charity Fondation 30 millions d'amis writes on its website, the most likely sentence they'll receive when their case is heard by a court next month is a fine and perhaps community service.
The couple, both in their 70s, from the village of Lavernat could reportedly no longer cope with the spirited Dora and decided to give her to a friend living in the nearby town of Château-du-Loir.
Dora continued her naughtiness and, no longer able to tolerate her behaviour and apparent attempts to run away, the 45-year-old decided to do what any sane-thinking person would.
She hanged the dog in her garden and beat her!
But Dora survived, only to be subjected to the "helping hand" of her previous owners who ended the dog's misery by stabbing her to death with a machete.
Together, all three then tied the body to a concrete block and threw it in the river.
The corpse was discovered at the beginning of January and police were able to trace the owners by an identifying tattoo in the animal's ear.
They all admitted to what they had done and now face a court case at the beginning of February.
Because they will "plead guilty" and the case is being judged under civil code the maximum penalty they can be given is a fine or some sort of community service, which as far as Fondation 30 millions d'amis is concerned does not fit the "barbarous nature of the crime committed."
It says on its website that if the case were being tried under the penal code they would be facing a maximum of a two-year suspended sentence and 30,000 euros fine.
What the charity would like to see is a change in how a guilty plea affects possible sentencing under the civil code because "torturers of animals often go unpunished for their crimes."