http://www.bradenton.com/mld/bradent...ld/5240886.htmGuards at a prison in northern Serbia shot and killed two watch dogs that failed to alert them to the escape of five inmates, a newspaper reported Saturday.
The two dogs failed to bark when five inmates dug a channel underneath a prison wall and escaped earlier this month, the Gradjanski List daily reported.
The report did not say where the guards were at the time of the escape.
Three of the convicts were later captured while two remain at large, an embarrassment for the prison authorities in Sombor, 90 miles northwest of capital Belgrade.
The killing of the dogs, both 15 years old, prompted protests by animal rights activists.
"The dogs did not deserve death penalty and certainly were not the most responsible for the escape," said Branka Pasko, an animal rights activist in the northern Serbian city of Novi Sad.
"The dogs could have been sent into retirement" or put to sleep with an injection "without pain and suffering," Pasko was quoted as saying.
A duty officer at the Sombor prison reached by The Associated Press on Saturday declined to comment.