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Dog Buried Alive Sparks Online Fury In France As Activists Call For Maximum Sentence

06/08/2015 13:06 BST | Updated 06/08/2015 13:59 BST

Close to 300,000 people have signed a petition calling for a man who buried his dog alive to be punished to the maximum degree.

It comes after the French mastiff was found buried up to her neck on waste ground in Carrieres-sur-Seine, west of Paris, on Saturday.

The man who found her told AFP that her lead was attached to a sack of gravel within the earth to prevent her from breaking free.

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The 10-year-old French mastiff was found buried up to her neck on Saturday

He said: “Only her head was visible and it was difficult to see given the amount of earth covering her.”

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The “shocked and dehydrated” dog was rescued and taken to a veterinary clinic.

France 24 writes the 21-year-old owner has been traced and arrested and that his explanation that the animal had run away was deemed “not very plausible.”

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The man was photographed freeing the dog with his bare hands

A source close to the investigation said: “The dog is more than 10-years-old and suffers from arthritis. It’s difficult to imagine her running away.”

The channel adds the owner will face trial for animal cruelty.

The online petition set up in response to the discovery is calling for him to receive the maximum sentence of a two year prison term and a fine of up to €30,000.

You can add your name to it here.

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The mastiff's rescuer was walking his own dog when they discovered her