By Romain Benard
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It was 3:30 p.m., Thursday, May 26, when the last passage soap boxes finishes at Crepy-en-Valois (Oise). On the Place de la République, Charlotte is waiting for her companion, registered as a participant in the event, she says that she then heard a dog howl. “A man with dreadlocks was carrying a stick and hit him repeatedly.”
Another woman also present at the scene confirms that the dog howled in pain.
Alone, the first woman cannot intervene: “I was shocked that no one moved”. Once the event was over, “the animal was huddled in a corner,” adds Charlotte.
According to two other testimonies, the same man, most likely the owner of the animal, was seen near the Monoprix store on Wednesday May 25, “in the process of hit his dog and a week before, because, according to the witness, “the dog did not want to pick up his master’s mobile phone which had fallen to the ground”.
Contacted by News Oise, neither the gendarmerie nor the municipal police have received a complaint. The incident has however triggered an outcry on social networks, where many are surprised by the lack of reaction from the many spectators of the race, while the incident occurred in public.
Thursday, May 26 was nevertheless a successful day for the first soapbox race organized in the municipality of Crepy-en-Valois (Oise). However, the incident tainted this holiday in the south-east of Oise. Narrative.
The day had been beautiful
Beginning around 9 a.m., the event gathered soapboxes on the Republic Square for the technical controls of use. The first race started at 11 a.m., then the second at 2 p.m. Starting from the Pays de Valois Tourist Office, the racing cars chained obstacles to Place Michel Dupuy to finish at the bottom of Rue des Fossés.
You have to call the police
In a similar situation, the canine protection association Vie2chienbased in Séry-Magneval (Oise), recommends to “contact the police who will call an association to take care of the animal”.
The condition of the dog victim of the violence is not known at this time.
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