The incident has gained wide global interest, as animal rights activists heavily criticized government of Iran for their lack of laws protecting animals.
Environmental representatives of Golestan province and a number of other human rights groups also voiced criticism against the owner’s inhuman treatment of his animal.
The punishment was given by the main regional court and the investigation was brought to light by Chief Justice of Golestan province Hojjat-ol-Eslam Mostafa Haghi.
According to Haghi, the poor animal survived the terrible ordeal and is now staying at an animal shelter.
“We urge the government to adopt a law for the protection of animal rights,” Iranian animal rights advocates said in an online statement.