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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Metro Security Guard Found Guilty of Killing a Stray Dog

Itar-TassBoris Surov smoking outside the Cheryomushkinsky court on Thursday.
A Moscow court convicted a metro security guard of animal cruelty Thursday and gave him a two-year, eight-month suspended prison sentence for beating a stray dog to death last year.

The Cheryomushkinsky District Court found Boris Surov guilty of inflicting deadly injuries to the dog, named Ryzhik, at the Konkovo metro station in southern Moscow, court spokeswoman Marina Malygina said.

The verdict brought to an end one of the highest-profile animal abuse cases in recent years.

The court ruled that Surov attacked Ryzhik on March 21, 2006, beating him repeatedly over the head with the handle of a knife.

Ryzhik, who lived at the metro station, was taken to a veterinarian by passers-by but died from his injuries two weeks later.

Prosecutors had asked the court to sentence Surov to three years in prison and order him to pay 50,000 in damages to a woman who had cared for Ryzhik, Interfax reported.

Surov was also convicted of aggravated hooliganism and placed on three years probation, Malygina said.

He has 10 days to appeal the conviction, she said.