A man was arrested in the U.K. after he taught his dog, a pug, to do the Nazi salute after hearing the words “Sieg Heil.”
Markus Meechan, a 28-year-old call center worker, said he isn’t a racist, but was merely trying to annoy his girlfriend.
“I am not a racist at all, anybody who knows me could tell you that,” he told The Metro. “Honestly, I don’t hate anyone, the whole purpose of this was just to annoy my girlfriend.”
The viral clip “was strictly made to annoy my girlfriend and give my friends something to laugh at.”
“I am so sorry to the Jewish community for any offense I have caused them. This was never my intention and I apologize,” he said.
However, British authorities weren’t pleased.
“The clip is deeply offensive and no reasonable person can possibly find the content acceptable in today’s society,” Detective Inspector David Cockburn told the Telegraph. “This arrest should serve as a warning to anyone posting such material online, or in any other capacity, that such views will not be tolerated.”
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Police then went to Meechan’s house in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, and arrested him on suspicion of a hate crime.
“My girlfriend is always ranting and raving about how cute her dog is so I thought I would turn her into the least cute thing you could think of which is a Nazi,” Meechan says in the viral YouTube clip that has been seen hundreds of thousands of times.
The dog is then seen watching the 1938 Nazi propaganda film, “Olympia.”
The clip can be viewed here (WARNING: It might be offensive to some):