This is the moment a street cleaner sweeps up a stray puppy into his dustpan and drops the poor pooch over the side of a bridge.
The incident occurred in the Kalkandere district of Rize province in Turkey as municipal worker Sefer Kayaci, 41, was cleaning the streets on a bridge over a river.
In the video, Kayaci can be seen sweeping up when uses his broom to put a stray puppy into his dustpan.
The cleaner then lifts the dustpan over the side of the bridge he was standing on and drops the puppy over the edge before walking away.
Local media report the owner of the CCTV camera spotted the footage and posted the video onto social media where it was brought to the attention of the authorities.
Kayaci was detained and legal proceedings were started against him. Reports state it was determined that he suffers from psychological problems and had a doctor’s report on the problems.
The Kalkandere governorate informed the Nature Preservation and National Parks Rize provincial directorate teams who went to the scene and saved the puppy from the river below the bridge.
The puppy had reportedly broken its leg and was taken to a veterinary centre where it received the necessary treatment.
Kayaci gave the following statement: “I was sweeping the street, all of a sudden my head went numb. At that moment I threw the dog. I actually love dogs, I feed them with milk.
“I remembered the incident afterwards and I asked myself what I had done and I got mad with myself. I take medicine. When I don’t take my medicine I become strange. I didn’t understand why I did that.
“I told my mother about the incident, she got mad at me. I saw the dog afterwards and it wasn’t dead. If it was dead, I would have been punished more. I apologise to everybody.
“I regret what I have done. I wasn’t okay and it happened because I hadn’t taken my medicine. I actually love animals very much.”
The Mayor of Kalkandere, Kenan Yildirim, also apologised for the worker’s behaviour, saying prosecutors will make a decision on the case while the municipality’s Disciplinary Board will also look into it.
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