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Man arrested over clip of girlfriend's dog 'doing Nazi salute'

By Staff Reporter

Published 10/05/2016

Controversy: Buddha the pug
Controversy: Buddha the pug

A call centre worker who is believed to have posted a video of his girlfriend's dog performing a Nazi salute has been arrested.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was widely criticised following the emergence of the footage, which shows the pug, named Buddha, jumping up when he hears the words "gas the Jews". The dog also raises its paw in an alleged Nazi salute after hearing the phrase "sieg heil".

The video, called "M8 yer dug's a Nazi", has clocked up nearly a million views on YouTube.

The 28-year-old call centre worker was arrested on April 28, a week after the video came to light. He appeared at Airdrie Sheriff Court in Scotland the next day on suspicion of posting offensive material online.

A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said: "A man was arrested on Thursday, April 28, in relation to the alleged publication of offensive material online (improper use of electronic communications under the Communications Act 2003). A report has been submitted to the Procurator Fiscal".

The force said it wanted to make it clear that offensive material would not be tolerated.

Police spokesman DI David Cockburn added: "Posting offensive material online or in any other capacity will not be tolerated and police will act swiftly to tackle hate crimes that are motivated by malice or ill will because of faith, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.

"This clip has been shared and viewed online, which ultimately has caused offence and hurt to many people in our community.

"There is no place for hate crime in Scotland and police take all reports of incidents seriously."

After the video went viral, the alleged poster revealed in a blogpost that he had been fired from his job.

He said that as soon as the video started racking up hits, he "knew it would happen", but he also insisted that the video was just a joke.

However, his attitude was attacked as "outrageous" and the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities dismissed any idea that it should be taken lightly.

Later, the man issued an apology to the Jewish community, insisting that he never intended to offend anyone.

He said:"Honestly, I don't hate anyone - the whole purpose of this was just to annoy my girlfriend."

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