Cyprus Mail

Case against suspected dog beater postponed

By Maria Gregoriou

THE COURT case against a man who allegedly barbarically battered a five-month old puppy named Thunder last year was postponed yesterday until October 11 because two witnesses failed to show up.

Animal lovers and animal welfare organisations gathered at Nicosia courthouse in the morning to hear the charges.

“We are not only interested in hearing the court’s verdict, our main concern is that this barbaric and inhuman crime and its punishment be an example to others who may consider committing such an act. It is not enough for us to act as European citizens and be polite in public, we must also be human beings in all aspects of life,” president of the Animal

Responsibility Cyprus (ARC/Kivotos) organisation Kyriacos Kyriakou said.

The attack on Thunder happened a year ago in the Nicosia village of Ayia Varvara. Witnesses at the time said the attacker – a man – suddenly launched at the puppy, which had been playing with children, and “kept hitting it and then lifting it up and hitting it on the edge of the pavement repeatedly in a maniacal manner”, all in the presence of small children.

Thunder was treated and recovered and is at the Argos Animal Rescue and Protection Association, a sanctuary in Ormidhia.

“Thunder is receiving care at the animal sanctuary now. At the time of the beating he had two operations on his legs and today he is in good health,” Kyriakou said.

Kyriakou mentioned that during the time many animal welfare organisations protested against police for failing to take action against the man who beat the puppy.

“Due to our protests the government took over the case and it is the government that is taking this man to court,” Kyriakou said.
Witnesses at the time said the man, whose details have not been made public, just attacked the dog, which was a well-known stray in the village. The incident happened on June 26, 2012.

A family who saw the attack managed to get the dog to a vet while still alive, although Thunder was in a coma after suffering a brain haemorrhage.

Following the attack, a local teenager created a facebook page about the incident, which was picked up on CNN after it went viral on the internet. The teen had called on on foreigners to “please boycott tourism to my country” until the animal welfare law is properly enforced.

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