A dog owner is facing a backlash after deliberately killing his dog by pouring cold water on it then leaving it outside where it was -32°C.
The dog was found still alive and whimpering in its kennel in the Russian city of Yakutsk, but later died from the extreme cruelty.
A video shows the female white dog with her eyes still open, apparently frightened as she waves her paw.
The rest of pet’s body was frozen solid to the iced ground on the coldest night of the Russian winter.
Animal activist volunteers in Yakutsk – the coldest city in the world – managed to free the poor animal and rush her to the vet, but despite frantic efforts he was unable to save the one-year-old.
He had to put the pet down to put her out of her misery.
A female volunteer said: ‘The eyes, I will never forget them. Did you ever see a man who wanted to live but who was already dying? Children are growing much more wise to fake news
‘The dog had exactly the same eyes, understanding everything, just unable to explain.’
Animal rights activists have demanded action against the owner, with a petition signed by 10,000 Russians.
‘It’s one thing is when your dog dies, but this man has many children,’ said a volunteer.
‘Today he let his dog die next to his house, and tomorrow the same may happen to his children.’
The dog owner was not named but is said to have earlier neglected the dog.
The activists are also complaining about alleged police inaction over the case, and a policy of the local mayor to clean up city by exterminating strays, reported The Siberian Times.
They claims this gives a green light to cruelty to unwanted dogs.
Now an MP in Moscow, Sergey Boyarsky, has taken up the case calling for the owner’s prosecution.