A man arrested for dragging his dog behind his car until it died is reportedly facing six charges.
The 64 year-old was charged and released by the police following the atrocious act on Christmas Day and will appear before a Limassol Magistrate in 2014.
According to media reports yesterday, the man faces six charges, having a dog without a licence, the illegal killing of an animal, disturbing the peace, resisting arrest, abuse and assault, all of which are punishable by prison time. The attorney-general's office will now also have a say on the charges.
Animal Responsibility Cyprus (ARC-Kivotos) has organised a demonstration demanding the closure of a Limassol area private kennel where dogs were found in an awful condition.
The Veterinary Services and police were called in after animal welfare volunteers discovered two dead dogs and 26 others in poor health at the unregistered private kennel.
Acting Director of Limassol’s District Veterinary Services Constantinos Orphanides said conditions there were “unacceptable” and photos posted on social media websites showed at least one decomposing dog and others that were alive but skeletal.
Speaking to The Cyprus Weekly yesterday, ARC-Kivotos president Kyriacos Kyriacou said: “The protest was decided on to call for the kennel’s closure and ensure this issue is not brushed under the carpet.”
Protestors will today meet outside the casualty department of the New General Hospital in Limassol at 11am and march to the kennels and then on to the police station where a petition will be submitted for the attention of the Justice Minister and Chief of Police.