Every year, the residents of a small village in Bulgaria perform this horrific torture of a dog as part of a "tradition" to "ward off" evil.
The villagers chose a dog, tie a rope around his chest, and suspend him above water. The rope gets twisted over and over again, tightening around the dog and raising him up higher. Then the dog gets released into a body of freezing cold water.
The ritual has been banned by the government, but the law has never been enforced and the horrible tradition continues.
There's a petition making its way around the web in an effort to put an end to this torture.