(Cuteness+Innocence)/Cruelty = Unparalleled Outrage.
In 2011, a beautiful crossbreed dog named Star was taken by 44-year-old farmer to a field where he proceeded to torture her before leaving her for dead. She was found after having been buried, the end of her snout sticking up from the dusty ground and a wooden board placed over her. Her limbs had been tied. Her head had 40 pellets embedded in it. Turns out that the farmer had fashioned an illegal zip gun in order to dispatch the unwanted pooch, reportedly citing her advanced age as the reason for the heartless torture – she was 10.
Despite surviving surgery undertaken to remove the pellets, despite a good recovery made at an animal shelter, despite being released to a new loving family, Star passed away soon after her ordeal.
Vella received 3 months jail time and a 10k euro fine.