The 64-year-old man who tied his dog to his car and dragged it to death in the streets of Limassol appeared before the court Monday but the case was adjourned until April 3.
The man is facing 13 charges, among them; causing the death of an animal, animal neglect and abuse, assaulting police officers and resisting arrest. The 64-old is facing a hefty fine and/or jail time.
If the man is found guilty he will be the second person convicted in an animal abuse case in Cyprus.
The incident took place on December 25, when police officers patrolling downtown Limassol spotted a car dragging a dog at the traffic lights. They pursuit the vehicle and arrested the driver shortly after.
The incident infuriated animal lovers who demanded that the man was prosecuted and punished. They demanded the creation of an Animal Police unit via an online petition, which reached 13,571 signatures. Along with a string of other cases of animal abuse, it also led to the creation of an animal rights party, expected to be officially announced in April.