Animal rights groups have saved this white pit bull jailed in a police station and sentenced to death for the crime of escaping from its owner and going walkies on its own.
The dog was imprisoned in the cop shop municipality of San Cristobal Lachirioag, in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, for several days before being released on the afternoon of 18th October.
The dog was caught after escaping from its owners and was then thrown in the local jailhouse, governed by an indigenous community.
Under the Mexican constitution, indigenous peoples have the right to self-determination and autonomy.
Animal rights groups claimed that the dog, which had not attacked anyone prior to being caught, was being kept in the cell without food or water.
A campaign was launched on social media by the group ‘Red De Animalistas Unidos Oaxaca’ which helped to end the dog’s jail time and imminent execution before it could happen.
San Cristobal Lachirioag mayor Sebastian Mendez and local official Jose Miguel bowed to public pressure and organised the pit bull’s release.
However, they added that pit bulls are a dangerous breed and their initial intention to put the animal down was justified.
Local activists claimed that dog mistreatment is common in the community and that families are only limited to one per household.
Any additional dogs are allegedly poisoned.
Animal rights groups also said that stray dogs often go missing and are never seen again.
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