Two hotel employees who threw stray dog ‘Little Billy’ into a cardboard crusher while it was alive last year, were acquitted on Wednesday following a decision by Famagusta district court.
Although the dog soon died, the suspects – Anastasia Tsokkos hotel manager and an employee, according to the Animal Party were released due to lack of evidence and witnesses.
The court heard that a post mortem showed the cause of death as a brain haemorrhage stemming from severe trauma to the base of Billy’s skull with a blunt object.
As no one saw the suspects of hitting Billy, they were acquitted, the party said.
The Animal Party is refusing to abandon the case and have arranged a meeting with the attorney-general next week.
“We consider today’s decision by Famagusta district court not satisfactory at all. It does not act as a deterrent and certainly sends a lot of negative messages not only within but outside Cyprus too,” the party said in a statement.
Billy’s death last year caused a wave of protests with hundreds of people calling for better animal rights and policing escalating to the point of President Nicos Anastasiades intervening while he was in Brussels promising to clampdown on the issue.