17 January 2014 08:48

Courts in Nicosia and Larnaca on Wednesday continued proceedings in two separate high-profile animal cruelty cases.
In Nicosia, the case involving Thunder - who as a puppy was savagely beaten in front of terrified children - was adjourned until February 21 after the lawyer of the man suspected of carrying out the attack asked for the police to provide more photos connected to the case.
In Larnaca, the court heard the suspect of a serious abuse and neglect case involving English Setter Roo -who has since been renamed - and a second dog, admit to the charges of abuse against him.
His lawyer asked for the lesser charge of not having a dog licence to be dropped and the accused will be sentenced on February 6.
The suspect's lawyer had asked for the opportunity to produce a letter from his client's vet but this would not affect his admittance to the abuse and neglect charges.
The man has also indicated he wanted the dogs returned to him; something that animal welfare organisations have indicated they would battle against in the unlikely case it is permitted.
 The dogs were rescued on May 30, 2012.
The same man is also at the centre of a new investigation involving five dogs - one of whom was already dead and being eaten by the others when they were found starving in a cramped cage.
The surviving dogs are now in the care of the Veterinary Services and being housed at kennels.
Two years after his ordeal, Thunder has been happily settled in a new home for the past four months.
Roo and the second dog - that had been found in a tiny travelling cage in the sweltering heat - have also been suitably re-homed.
Speaking to The Cyprus Daily yesterday, Stella Stylianou of Argos Animal Sanctuary said that while the law did include provisions for judges to prevent convicted animal abusers from owning more pets, it had, as far as she was aware, never been done in Cyprus.
She called for tougher penalties saying that small fines were not enough of a deterrent.
Stylianou argued that wider media coverage and the rise of social media networks had made people more aware of animal welfare issues.
"People in Cyprus have also become more open to admitting they care about animals. They are not embarrassed anymore."
 
 


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