Another animal cruelty case was reported yesterday in the Paphos village of Lemba, while Nicosia district court postponed a hearing in the case against a man charged with viciously beating a dog in June 2012.
In Lemba, a local resident yesterday reported the poisoning of four dogs and 15 cats, which were found dead near the village’s elementary school infuriating local residents.
President of Lemba community council Thoukis Chrysostomou slammed such acts as unacceptable, adding that the local council and its members are particularly sensitive towards these matters, especially when there are children around.
He said similar cases have occurred in the past, but never to this extent.
There are currently no leads as to who is responsible for the poisoning of the defenceless strays, but police say the investigation is continuing.
The case of Thunder, the abused dog, will next appear before the courts on October 11.
Animal welfare activists who attended yesterday’s proceedings told The Cyprus Daily that the accused had been in attendance but that no witnesses had been present.
Thunder, the young dog who according to witnesses barely survived being beaten by a man in front of five terrified children and their parents, is still recovering from his ordeal and requires more surgery.
The man charged with carrying out the attack is being prosecuted by the state.
Thunder was put under the care of Argos Animal Sanctuary and is still being cared for at the shelter. He requires more surgery to rectify the damage caused to his leg during the attack. The Sanctuary hopes to re-home Thunder once he has fully recovered.
Thunder had been so badly beaten that he fell into a coma.
The attack received unprecedented attention on Facebook and other social media with animal rights activists demanding that the case be brought to justice.