By Staff Reporter
THE LONG awaited trial of the 64-year old Limassol man who allegedly dragged his dog to death, began on Monday before the Limassol District Court.
During the first day, the prosecution brought in witnesses to testify against the accused. The judge heard their testimonies and ordered the trial recommence on May 29.
The man is facing 13 charges, among them causing the death of an animal, animal neglect and abuse, assaulting police officers and resisting arrest.
If 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 followed the vehicle and arrested the driver shortly after.
The incident infuriated animal lovers who demanded the man be prosecuted and punished. They have also demanded the creation of an Animal Police unit via an online petition, which reached 17,566 signatures as of Tuesday noon.
Along with a string of other cases of animal abuse, it also led to the creation of an animal rights party, which now has three candidates standing in the upcoming euro elections on May 25.