Rabbi sentences 'reincarnated' dog to death by stoning
While most would ignore a stray dog or call an animal control unit, Jewish rabbis in Jerusalem sentenced a wandering dog to be stoned to death. The crime? The dog was suspected to be the reincarnated spirit of a secular lawyer who had insulted the court 20 years ago.
Update (20 Jun): The court concerned has strongly denied the original source's claims.
The lawyer in question had been cursed by the judges of the Monetary Affairs Court so his spirit would be reincarnated in a dog, an unclean animal. (Dogs are also unclean in Islam, forcing at least one blind Muslim to get a guide horse instead of a guide dog.)
The judge allegedly called on neighbourhood children to carry out the sentence. This was later denied by court leader Rabbi Avraham Dov Levin, but confirmed by a court manager, who said that:
They didn't think of it as cruelty to animals, but as an appropriate way to 'get back at' the spirit which entered the poor dog.
The dog – who previously refused to leave – managed to escape. A complaint has been filed against Rabbi Levin by the Let Animals Live organisation.