1. It was the family dog. I highly doubt the family was unanimous or instrumental in his decision. I would go as far as to a.ssume he didn't even let anyone know of his intentions. The person who reported him was one of the family members who also had a stake and claim to the dog. And would of preferred it remained a pet as opposed to a meal.
2. We live in America. The land of obesity and plenty. There is plenty of other sources of meat that he could of eaten. Plus in America dogs are highly valued by a majority of the population. Yes there are pet cows and chickens, but more dogs and cats. The animal he ate wasn't bred for consumption. It was intended to be a pet.
3. He strangled the dog. I'm sure there are other, more humane, ways to k!ll an animal before you eat it. I'm sure he didn't do it swiftly or with great tact either. So the puppy most likely suffered before becoming this as*holes dinner.
4. What other people do in foreign nations isn't always acceptable here. And vice versa. Thus the outcry and criminal charges. If he wants to consume dog so badly, then he should of been more discreet or altogether move to a country that condones this kind of depravity.