Police in the Indonesian city of Tangerang have arrested a 43-year-old man, who police have identified by his initial A, for what he described as an act of vengeance against a neighbor’s dog.
According to news reports and a viral social media post about the incident, which took place on Monday, A shot the dog with an air rifle four times at close range, killing the dog. The incident was reportedly witnessed by children in the neighborhood, but A allegedly paid them no mind.
The dog’s owner, a man named Titus, was not at home during the incident. His sister in law, named Anastasia, confronted A at his house soon after the shooting, but A allegedly threatened her by pointing the rifle at her.
Titus reported A to the Tangerang Police on Tuesday. A was apprehended by the police on Tuesday evening and was taken in for questioning. According to police, A confessed to shooting the dog and said he did it because the dog made his wife and child fall off a bike prior to the shooting.
However Sabilul made clear that dog, whose name was Beedo, couldn’t have actually been chasing A’s wife and child because it was tied to a tree.
Animal abuse is generally not considered to be a serious offense in Indonesia. Under the Criminal Code, animal abuse that leads to the death of the animal is a crime only punishable by up to nine months’ imprisonment, as well as a minuscule IDR300 (US$0.02) fine. Animal rights activists have long called for a revision to the law, which was drawn up during the Dutch colonial era, to introduce harsher punishments to prevent animal cruelty.
However, the police have hinted that A may be charged with unlawful use of a firearm, which carries more severe penalties.