In what could rare of the rarest case, a dog in Pakistan's Punjab province has been sentenced to death for biting a child.
The dog was sentenced to death by Assistant Commissioner Raja Saleem in Bhakkar's Kalor vicinity in Punjab province on Tuesday, Geo TV reported.
Saleem said that the sentence was announced on humanitarian grounds.
"The dog injured the child hence it should be killed," he ruled.
An official was also instructed to check the dog's registration, he said, stating that a case against the dog's owner is in progress in a civil court.
The dog's owner has filed an appeal with the Additional Deputy Commissioner against the peculiar punishment.
He said the dog had already "completed a one-week prison sentence" and further punishment was unfair.
"The affected child's family registered a case against my dog, following which it completed a one-week prison sentence. Any further punishment for it would be unfair," the dog's owner Jamil was quoted as saying by Geo.
Jamil added that he would knock on the doors of all courts to get justice for his pet.