By Constantinos Psillides
A DOG was left for dead after being shot in the face with a shotgun near Paramali village in Limassol, according to a report by Animal Responsibility Cyprus (ARC).
The dog, which has been named Holly, was found on Monday near Paramali, in a state of shock and in agonising pain.
As a result of the gunshot, the dog is missing half her ear, the top half of her mouth was injured, her tongue was severed in half, she was blinded and was also nine kilos underweight.
Rescuers said that Holly may have wandered for weeks before she was found.
People who treated Holly said she was in terrible pain and was terrified. According to the ARC report, the gunshot wasn’t an accident.
“How can such inhumane acts be tolerated in our country?,” said ARC in a statement. “How can a supposedly civilised man shoot straight into the face of this innocent, harmless and frightened animal? This little dog was shot in the face. She lost half and ear, some teeth and has been blinded temporarily. She was alone for many days with her wounds growing badly infected. Several pieces of metal are still in her face.”
An animal expert told the Cyprus Mail that there is no way the dog was shot by accident. “That was deliberate. Somebody tried to kill Holly. Thank God he was a bad shot”.
ARC called on the state to take appropriate measures.
“When will all those atrocities stop? When will the state understand and listen to the outcry from its citizens? Unfortunately the messages our organisation has been receiving from abroad are showing the international, community a very negative image for our country.
They are expressing their anger and disgust, and will not travel again to spend holidays in Cyprus”.
This was the third serious incident of animal abuse reported in only one month. On December 25 a man was arrested for tying his dog to his car and dragging it to death while animal activists found and shut down a kennel where dogs were left to starve.
Cyprus is one of the few European countries that doesn’t have an effective task force dealing with animal abuse cases.
A petition to establish an Animal Police Unit was turned down by Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou on June, arguing that the task would be added to the duties of the community police officer.