A DOG has tragically died after footage of its owner dragging her by her neck after having shot and beaten her went viral this week.
Alma, as she was later named by carers, died from her injuries at an animal clinic in Lugo Galicia.
Now animal rights groups are hoping to take legal action against her owner, believed to be a hunter aged around 60.
It comes after a local filmed the man dragging the dog by its neck along a gravelled road.
The sicko told the person recording the video that he is a hunter and can ‘shoot whoever the f**k he wants.’
Alma, which means ‘soul’ in English, had a bullet wound, injuries to the skull after being beaten with a stick and skin contusions from being dragged along the road.
She had recently given birth to six puppies.
The man abandoned the dog which was later taken to the Rof Codina animal hospital.
Meanwhile, her six puppies, only 15 days old, were taken to an animal protection centre.
According to NGO Mundo Vivo, the recorded footage could serve as a confession
The group, along with PACMA, is hoping to take legal action which will result in a two-year prison sentence and €30,000 fine.
An online petition titled Justice for Alma has already been signed by over 180,000 people calling for ‘the full weight of the law to fall on this lunatic.’
The petition, made before Alma died, says: “Alma is a dog who has young pups and is fighting for her life after her owner gave her a beating and shot her twice causing her serious injuries.
“When he saw he hadn’t killed her he dragged her along the ground to finish off the killing at home.
“Thanks to someone who was passing through, footage was taken and this miscreant was reported to police.
“Today we are asking for everyone’s cooperation so this crime doesn’t go unpunished and the full weight of the law falls on this madman.”
You can sign the petition here.