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Playa del Carmen man sentenced to fine, community service in strangulation death of neighbor’s dog

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — A Playa del Carmen man who killed a dog by strangulation earlier this week has been sentenced to community service and a city fine. The light judgement was handed down by the Municipal Animal Welfare Center (Cebiam) after he was found guilty of killing the animal, but the dog owner refused to press charges.

The owner of the now deceased German Shepherd told authorities that he did not want to create problems with his neighbor, and thus, did not file an official complaint regarding the death of his dog. For this reason, Omar H.L., the man who killed the dog, was sentenced to 200 hours of community service and given a city sanction of an undisclosed amount.

The incident occurred last Sunday when a neighbor caught the loose dog and tied it. He posted a photo of the dog on social media in an attempt to locate its owner, however, he also claimed that the dog tried to attack his own pet and that he would kill it if the owner did not claim the dog.

Aside from a fine and community service, Cebiam has also ordered Omar H.L. to undergo psychological therapy for his aggressive behavior.