Man who taught dog Nazi salutes convicted of hate crime
Mark Meechan, of Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, will be sentenced in April after a Scottish court found him guilty of communicating a “grossly offensive” video.
The 30-year-old taught his girlfriend’s pug to react to the words “gas the Jews”, which he repeated 23 times in the short video that he uploaded to his YouTube channel last year.
The pug was also seen raising its paw to the phrase “Sieg Heil” during the footage titled “M8 Yur Dug’s a Nazi”.
The video was watched more than 3 million times on the video sharing platform. Meechan was arrested after sharing the footage in April 2016.
Meechan told Airdrie Sheriff Court that he made the video to annoy his girlfriend Suzanne Kelly, 29, and denied any wrongdoing.
He said he had lost eight jobs since posting the video, adding that he only intended it to be seen by seven of his friends, who follow his YouTube channel, Count Dankula.
But he said the video was shared by someone on the social media platform Reddit, which
led to the surge in its popularity.
Meechan said it was “extraordinary bad luck” the video became so popular.
Claiming the video was “for the purposes of comedy”, he previously said that he had received support for the joke from famous Jewish comedian David Baddiel.