A court in Purchena, Almería, has fined a football fan 200 euro for throwing a dog at a referee during a youth football match at the Olula del Río football field.

Unhappy with the referee during the game, the man grabbed the Yorkshire terrier dog named “Goofy” from the owner standing nearby, throwing him at the referee, resulting in the dog “crashing to the ground” from a height of 5 metres, rendering the dog unconscious.

The man was arrested by the Guardia Civil facing numerous charges relating to violence in sports and animal abuse.

The “El Refugio” animal centre pushed for action in the case in which the prosecutor requested a fine of 10 euro per day for a period of 20 days, on a case of animal abuse, contrary to article 632.2 of the Criminal Code.

In a statement, the president of “El Refugio”, Nacho Paunero, warned that the offender could have been sentenced to a penalty of one year in prison for a crime of animal abuse, saying “This individual has been spared jail time”, whilst hoping that the swift action by the courts will serve as a “warning for those who mistreat animals for sport that we will continue to denounce all cases of mistreatment of animals”, concluding, “Our goal is to put the perpetrators in prison”.

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