An animal welfare organisation has called on the police and Ministry of Justice to make an example of a man who was charged by police for dragging a dog behind his car on Christmas Day.
According to an announcement by Animal Responsibility Cyprus (ARC/Kivotos), the incident occurred in the early hours of Christmas Day when Limassol police moved in and arrested a man after he was seen dragging the animal tied to the back of his car. He was later charged at a Limassol police station before being released. He will appear before a Limassol Magistrate in 2014 to answer to the charges.
"ARC utterly condemns this despicable act against a defenceless animal", read an announcement from the organisation. "One has to wonder what kind of society we live in and what kind of example we are setting to our future generation"
They then went on to call on both Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou and Police Chief Michalis Papageorgiou to "leave no stone unturned after this hideous and macabre act."
The announcement adds, "We demand the immediate prosecution of this man (if he is indeed human) so as to send the strongest possible message that such behaviour will not be tolerated."
The incident comes days after Limassol's Veterinery Services were contemplating what line of action to take against the owner of a private kennel after determining that conditions there were "unacceptable."
Animal welfare groups were this week frantically trying to find alterative accommodation for the 26 dogs at the kennels.
Cyprus has a poor record within the EU when it comes to the care and well-being of animals especially dogs and cats. Dog and cat shelters on the island continuously plead for help from the state as well as members of the public when it comes to adopting strays or unwanted puppies or kittens.