BERLIN, Germany - A man who taught his dog the stiff-arm Nazi salute was given a 13-month suspended sentence Thursday for shouting "Sieg Heil" in public and wearing a T-shirt with a picture of Adolf Hitler on it.
A Berlin administrative court found the 54-year-old man, who was only identified as Ronald T., guilty of displaying Nazi symbols and insulting a policeman last March.
Police had stopped the man after he was heard shouting the Nazi slogan. While the police watched, the man also commanded his dog, named Adolf, to raise its right paw upon hearing the command "Do the salute." Authorities initially pressed charges for training the dog to perform the salute, but they were later dropped.
Displaying Nazi symbols in public is a crime in Germany under laws meant to prevent any recurrence of Nazism.