A shocking image of a tortured dog - killed after being tied to a rope and pulled by a car around a village - has appalled Siberians.
The helpless animal, alive at the start of this deplorable stunt, was tethered by the front feet and pulled at speed behind a silver coloured Toyota Corolla car over snow covered streets
Bloggers have united in a bid to identify the twisted killers and bring them to justice. The dog died in a sickening New Year prank in Severniy, a suburb of Novosibirsk, say reports.
The helpless animal, alive at the start of this deplorable stunt, was tethered by the front feet and pulled at speed behind a silver coloured Toyota Corolla car over snow covered streets. At the time, the temperature in Novosibirsk was around minus 25C.
After the dog was killed, the drunkards cut the rope and proudly took the picture of their victim.
It is not known if the animal was a household pet or a stray dog - but the revolting treatment it was subjected to has resulted in a web appeal to identify and shame those responsible.
The image emerged on 4 January, two days after the act of torture, and was going viral on Russian social sites.
'We are searching for witnesses' said one posting.
'Yesterday, 2 January, at approximately 10 pm, some bast***s were driving around Severniy village, dragging the dog tied with a rope to a car behind them.
'The car is silver Toyota Corolla. We didn't spot the number plate.'
Ironically, the horrific picture emerged on the same day that famous 77 year old Hollywood actress Brigette Bardot threatened to leave her native France and seek Russian citizenship over plans to put to death two elephants at a zoo in Lyon.
The elephants called Baby and Nepal have contracted tuberculosis.
'If the powers that be have the cowardice and the shamelessness to kill Baby and Nepal, I have decided to take Russian nationality and quit this country that is nothing more an animal cemetery,' she warned.
In 2011 Bardot, a 1960s sex symbol, hailed Vladimir Putin - who this week granted Russian citizenship to actor Gerard Depardieu - as 'my favourite prime minister' after he banned the import and export of harp seal skins.
But after the revelation of the dog picture, one posting from Irina Serebryanaya asked in disbelief: 'And Brigette Bardot is going to move to Russia because of the elephants....?'
Pyotr Markov wrote: 'They are sadists, maniacs.'
Yevgeniya Yudintseva declared: 'I feel sick. Dear God, poor creature!'
Olympic competitor Chechen-Ool Mongush, 40, was murdered and his remains hidden near the Mongolian border.
Scientist Vladimir Surdin believes 'silver clouds' were the cause of the multi-coloured night sky witnessed by thousands of people.
In one case, classified secrets were leaked to a foreign power, in the other there was an intention to leak.
The Siberian Times keeps writing about the unique seals sanctuary organised by Lora Beloivan from Vladivostok.