“I can’t believe the women who witnessed the attack on the dog, has been asked to withdraw her claim, because the guy (who beat his dog to death); has children!! WTF… alarm bells should be ringing for the safety of those children…the psychological literature available to all, is replete with major studies that have identified the animal/human violence link. What they should be doing is giving his name to animal control & police; asking them to seize all his other animals! He should then be forced to undergo some kind of anger management course; then the police should keep a close eye on him. I doubt very much this person will be prosecuted for his heinous crime. People should be concerned for those that have to live with a person, capable of breaking a dogs spine, in temper; not helping him to get away with it because he has children!”
Susie Murdoch, 55, saw a man trying to retrieve a male mastin from the top of her drive before launching a vicious attack on the animal.
“I saw the mastin, then a man following it and shouting as it tried to hide behind a tree.
“He picked up a very large stick from the ground and began beating the dog so I ran up the drive shouting,” said Murdoch.
“He shouted something back at me in Spanish and then walked away.” As the owner left the premises, Murdoch went after the injured animal.
After nearly 30 minutes of searching, Murdoch saw the dog collapse in a nearby field through a pair of binoculars.
Murdoch, originally from Brighton, found the animal dead with what appeared to be a broken spine.
“That is something I will not do,” she said.
“It’s absolutely disgusting, the dog was killed just because it wouldn’t go back to him,” added the expat.
It emerges that the man, who is thought to be in his mid-forties, also owns several other animals.
Mastins are commonly used throughout Spain to guard livestock due to their size and temperament.
The case has now been referred to the Guardia Civil.