Binman sacked after throwing injured dog into his rubbish lorry
A binman in Brazil has been sacked after he was caught throwing an injured dog into the back of his rubbish truck to be crushed alive.
There was outrage across Brazil when photos emerged on Monday of James Franca (35) deliberately running down a stray dog before dragging the terrified animal across the street and throwing it into the back of the lorry.
Witnesses said they saw the binman walk over and tied a chain around the neck of the whimpering animal, which had had both of its legs broken, and then pull it along the pavement before putting in the back of the rubbish truck.
Laughing with colleagues, Mr Franca then activated the lorry’s compacting mechanism and drove off.
The animal was reportedly still alive when the truck later arrived at the town's rubbish dump on May 21 but died of its serious injuries several hours later.
Images of the atrocity caused indignation after they were posted online by a local photographer.
Brazilian TV presenter Xuxa posted a picture on Facebook to her 4.4million Facebook followers.
"This little dog, who wasn’t bothering anyone, had its legs broken, and in agony was tied up and dragged by the neck, before being brutally murdered by this individual, being thrown and crushed ALIVE in the back of the garbage truck," she wrote.
"This MONSTER can still appeal against a fine and will still be walking the streets in freedom! are we going to let that happen?? Let’s do something?? together we can."
Yesterday Presidente Figueiredo’s police chief Valnei Silva said that Mr Franca had been charged with aggravated animal cruelty, and had been sacked from his job.
The binman told police that he threw the dog into the truck as an act of kindness because the animal was "suffering greatly" and "needed to be sacrificed".