I have noted in the past that while dogs and their owners have protection from the government, that government can't be everywhere all the time. Whether dog lovers like it or not, Fido is still beholden to the laws of nature and physics (see here and here). Dogs and their owners may also face retribution from outraged victims.
On that note, British pilot drowns his neighbor's chronically barking dog.
Excerpts from the article [with my comments inserted].
A pilot drowned his neighbour’s dog in a bucket because he was fed up with hearing it barking from ‘morning until night’.
Stephen Woodhouse, 52, lost his temper as he mowed his lawn and grabbed Meg the border terrier. [He could hear the dog barking over the sound of the lawn mower? Well, yes... dogs are LOUD]
After killing the pet – which had been bought as a companion for his neighbour’s disabled daughter who died aged ten – he dumped its corpse under a hedge.
Let me insert a longer comment here: Forcibly drowning something / somebody is VERY personal. You have to dunk it in water and hold it there while it struggles. This guy must have been SUPER pissed off!!
There was some building work being done and a big bucket of water, so I stuck it in the bucket until it stopped moving. I never thought of the consequences.’ [Uhhh... I guess not!]
When the Boddingtons reported seven-year-old Meg missing, dozens of villagers began searching for the little dog.
But the terrier’s fate was only revealed when a suspicious Mrs Boddington searched the boot of Woodhouse’s car. She found a rope and dog hair and alerted the police.