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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Muscovite Goes on Trial in Killing of Stray Pups

A 22-year-old man went on trial Wednesday in a Moscow court for setting his American Staffordshire terrier upon a group of stray puppies and killing two of the puppies himself, Interfax reported.

According to Vita, an animal rights organization, Nikita Golovkin was intoxicated on the evening of Feb. 21, 2006, when he set his fighting dog upon the puppies.

When a building supervisor asked Golovkin to call off his dog, he reacted by grabbing two of the puppies, slamming one to the pavement and throwing another against a metal window frame, Vita said.

Four puppies died in the incident. Golovkin faces two criminal charges: cruelty to animals and insulting or impugning the honor and dignity of another person. The second charge apparently relates to the building supervisor.

The cruelty to animals charge carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail or an 80,000 ruble ($3,000) fine. On the second charge, Golovkin faces up to six months of penal labor.

Vita said it planned to appeal to the State Duma to accelerate the passage of a law on the prevention of cruelty to animals. The organization said the rearing of fighting dogs should be regulated.