New testimony Thursday revealed that a missing pet dog named “Heart” was still breathing before it was approached by villagers and eaten, police said.
Iksan Police authorities are reviewing a statement from the witness, as well as previous statements from others, who testified the dog was alive when a 73-year-old suspect surnamed Cho and three others took him to a village hall in Iksan to slaughter.
A photo of Heart, who was later found slaughtered and eaten.
Other witnesses in the town offered similar accounts, while the suspects claimed the dog was found dead on the street.
Recordings near the area backed up claims of the witnesses, showing the men holding a sack and clubs, local news outlets reported Tuesday.
Video footage that shows Heart before he was taken by the villagers
Heart, an Old English Sheepdog owned by a 33-year-old woman surnamed Chae, had escaped from its home on Sept. 26, frightened at the sound of a door slamming.
Chae reported the 10-year-old dog missing, only to find out Heart was eaten two days later.
Police are conducting a probe to determine if the case involved animal abuse.
Owning, selling or killing live animals found on the street is against animal protection laws here, but there is no such rule for dead animals.
By Bak Se-hwan (firstname.lastname@example.org)