Case of killing a dog: In 1921, San Francisco witnessed one of the strangest trials in U.S. history. Here a dog named Dormi was accused of brutally killing 14 cats. Dormi was presented in a California court where Poori was present. Dorme was accused of killing the victims in broad daylight and after biting their bones. The Airedale Terrier Dormie is said to have been the most notorious cat killer in the state. When Dormi was finally located, he was presented to the human court instead of being sent to a cattle house.
Dormi was owned by a car dealership named Eaton McMillan. When Dormy was discovered by a local woman hunting a cat, a neighborhood meeting was called and McMillan received an ultimatum to kill his dog himself. When Macmillan refused to kill his pet, he was charged with a misdemeanor.
In the 1920s, if someone had a “dangerous or vicious” dog, a hefty fine was imposed or the dog was killed directly. In this case, McMillan refused to pay the fine because he had bought a license for Dormi, which meant the dog could legally roam San Francisco. Macmillan argued that he was not responsible for Dormy’s behavior. He also said he never encouraged Dormi to kill any cats.
Macmillan enlisted the help of a lawyer named James F. Brennan to defend his dog. The case began on December 21, 1921, in the courtroom of Police Judge Lil T. Jack. What’s interesting is that the kids donated to Dormy’s ransom and raised money so they could meet the legal costs. The defense attorney, in order to identify Dormi, managed to identify a dozen different breeds of dogs in the parade court, challenged Dormi’s arrest, mentioned his rights, and so on.
After deliberating the case, eleven jurors voted in favor of releasing Dorme. Only one member of the jury asked for the death penalty for Dormy. As the jury was not unanimous, James Brennan took the opportunity to ask the court to dismiss the case, and Judge Jack agreed. Not only that, it also repealed a law calling for the death penalty for “vicious and dangerous” dogs. He said licensed dogs could go wherever they wanted. Unfortunately, there is no talk of what happened to Dormy after the trial.
In an article for Psychology Today, University of British Columbia professor Stanley Cornen explains that Dormey’s lawsuit may have set several unique legal precedents. Most notable, of course, is that dogs now have the right to be judged by a jury. The case also states that the dog can be a witness, the death sentence of the dog can be challenged. Sure, it sounds like a joke, but legal issues are often decided by reference to previous decisions. Maybe one day a lawyer can point out the 1921 sentence.
animal on the dock
In fact, suing a dog or any other animal today may seem like a strange and ridiculous thing, but if you turn the pages of the story, you will find that this was not unusual in earlier times. During the Middle Ages, animals were often responsible for breaking laws. If he had committed a “crime”, the matter would have gone to court. Between 824 and 1700, Europe was full of animal lawsuits.
Various types of animals such as dogs, horses, fish, pigs, etc. they were regularly dragged to the courts. In many cases he was sentenced to death. In 1314 a bull was hanged for murder. In 1474, a rooster was allegedly burned to lay an egg because it was an act of disgust for a rooster. In 1595, three dolphins were executed in Marseilles, France.
Although sheep and mites were often in trouble, the number one culprit was the pig. This is probably due to the fact that pigs were found everywhere in the Middle Ages. In 1379, three dead pigs killed a French farmer. When the matter went to court, all the pigs were tried, but their master convinced the Duke of Burgundy to pardon the pigs.
In 1386, in the French town of Falaise, a pig was tried for eating a baby. When the pig was brought to court, he was dressed like a human. Gloves, pants and a mask were also put on. There was a speedy trial in court and he was sentenced to death.
In 1547 a wild boar woman and her cub were accused of “murdering” a child. As punishment, the female was hung from a tree by the hind legs while her cubs were released due to “her young age and the corrupting influence of her mother.”