"Yes, I really did it," said the man during the interrogation by the court. His pregnant wife had no longer been able to bear the dogs' smell. She had been the driving force behind the crime, the presiding judge noted. The husband claimed he had not been able to find any other solution. On the evening of September 18, 2016, he first tied the Pinschers to two steel pipes, respectively. He then secured the leashes with cable ties so they wouldn't come loose from the dogs' collars and threw the dogs into the river. The Pinschers drowned in agony. A passer-by found their bodies six days later. The husband was temporarily detained in custody.
The public prosecutor's office demanded a semi-conditional prison sentence of two years for the husband, whereby he would serve one full year in prison. For the Stiftung für das Tier im Recht (TIR) it is therefore incomprehensible as to why, in light of the act's cruelty, the court denied the prosecution's request and only imposed conditional prison sentences for both of the accused. For repeated animal cruelty, the highest sentence possible as stipulated in the animal welfare act is unconditional imprisonment of up to four years.