Yes, I also read about this case. Very sad and in my opinion complete cruelty. No interaction with humans or exercise for two years, is the same as torture that we as humans would not be allowed to experience. Do it to an animal and its acceptable by some. As you say Venice, if it was so vicious, they should have had it put down in the beginning. Other forces seem to be able to do that without too much delay.
Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.