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Dog thrown in cardboard crusher has died (updated)

A stray poodle that was rescued after it was thrown in a cardboard crusher by two hotel employees has died.

Medvets, the veterinary clinic in Paralimni that was treating Billy, said that he died on Friday morning “peacefully while still in a coma.”

“Yesterday morning he had high fever, dyspnoea and arrhythmias. After treating those symptoms Billy’s condition was stable,” the clinic said on its Facebook page.

“Last night his condition continued to deteriorate and we managed to help him stabilise one more time.”

Billy’s treatment at the hands of staff at a Protaras hotel managed by Tsokkos, caused a storm of protest last week with an online petition garnering thousands of signatures, and elsewhere lighting up Facebook and Twitter.

Police are investigating and have already charged the two staff members.

Even President Nicos Anastasiades weighed in, saying the government would follow through on its pledge to clampdown on animal abuse and also to raise awareness on the issue, especially in schools.

Last Sunday, some 200 people showed up to protest outside the hotel. Tensions were high as shouting protestors carried placards in Greek and English, some with photos of abused animals, while tourists either looked on or took photos and videos.

The entrance to the hotel, which last week fired the two employees and suspended the manager, was cordoned off by police.

Head of Argos Sanctuary Stella Stylianou said everyone was devastated by the news.

“We were hoping that he could have survived but honestly we knew that his wounds were far too serious and he wasn’t expected to make it,” Stylianou said. “We will continue to campaign against such unacceptable actions until change becomes reality.”

The Animal Party said a necropsy will be carried out on Monday and its findings will be attached to the case file put together by the police.

The party urged courts to treat this case in the same way it would if it concerned a human being.

“Billy had the misfortune to be born in an environment that is unnatural for his kind, created and controlled by humans,” the party said. “In his one year of life, he was homeless, wandering around hungry and thirsty, resulting in him falling ill and looking undesirable. We humans have the responsibility of ensuring these animals are looked after and respected.”

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