Rabbi court sentences dog to death by stoning: BBC
Published 19/06/2011 | 05:00
A Jewish rabbinical court condemned to death by stoning a stray dog it feared was the reincarnation of a lawyer who insulted its judges, a report carried on the BBC news website has claimed.
The dog reportedly entered the Jerusalem financial court several weeks ago and would not leave, says the report, quoting Israeli website Ynet.
It reminded a judge of a curse passed on a now deceased secular lawyer about 20 years ago, when judges bid his spirit to enter the body of a dog, said the BBC site report.
The animal is said to have escaped before the sentence was carried out.
One of the judges at the court in the city's ultra-Orthodox Mea Shearim neighbourhood had reportedly asked local children to carry out the sentence.
An animal welfare organisation filed a complaint with the police against a court official, who denied reports that judges had ordered the dog's stoning, according to Ynet.
But a court manager said the stoning had been ordered as "as an appropriate way to 'get back at' the spirit", according to Ynet.
Dogs are considered impure animals in traditional Judaism.