A binman in Brazil has been sacked after he was photographed dragging an injured dog along a pavement and callously throwing the animal into a rubbish truck.
Jadson James Franca, 35, mounted the pavement in the dust cart in the José Dutra area of Presidente Figueiredo, northern Brazil, when he hit the dog and injured both of its legs, according to witnesses.
Shocking photos of the incident, taken by a local photographer, show Franca tie a chain around the animal’s neck, and pull it across the ground. He then throws it into the vehicle’s waste receptacle as his colleagues stand by.
The injured dog died of serious injuries hours after it arrived at the rubbish dump, Mail Online reported.
Popular Brazilian TV presenter Xuxa shared the photos on her Facebook. She wrote to her 4.4million followers: “Are we going to let that happen?? Let's do something?? Together we can.”
The mayor of Presidente Figueiredo told Brazil’s A Critica newspaper that the worker has been sacked, the council-run ViaLimpa firm has been fined, and the case is being investigated by the police.
Franca has been charged with aggravated animal cruelty and bailed, police chief Valnei Silva said according to Mail Online.
The binman had argued he was acting out of kindness, because the animal was “suffering greatly.”
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