A German tourist has been arrested on the Croatian coast for killing his dog with a hammer blow, a crime punishable by up to one year in prison in the Adriatic country, police said on Tuesday. The 51-year-old German national was arrested in the town of Rijeka, on the northern Croatian coast. “He killed his dog with a hammer blow to the head” in the courtyard of a building, according to a statement.
He was intoxicated and in possession of several grams of ketamine, a drug called “party”, according to the same source. During his interrogation at the police station, he damaged real estate and equipment.
Many German tourists to Croatia every year
The man, on a tourist trip to Croatia, according to a police spokesperson, was remanded in custody. The police filed a complaint for “murder and mistreatment of an animal” and for “damage to property belonging to others”.
Hit hard in 2020 by the coronavirus pandemic, the Croatian tourism industry is recording results this year very close to those of 2019. Germans are generally the most numerous foreign tourists in Croatia. The country recorded 6.3 million visits from January to July and 36.9 million overnight stays, including 6.8 million made by German tourists, according to the Ministry of Tourism.