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Several abuse cases now at the courts, Animal Party says

By Evie Andreou

THE Animal Party yesterday said it was fulfilling its promise to the public to keep them informed of ongoing court cases against animal abusers.

In a statement, the party details four ongoing cases among them one involving Thunder, a dog that was brutally beaten and had to undergo repeated operations last year. “So far he has a serious problem with his hind legs,” the party said. As far as the trial is concerned, so far, 12 witnesses have filed statements for the prosecution. The next hearing is set for July 9, at the Nicosia district court.

In the case of a Rottweiler in Limassol who was spotted by police being dragged along by his owner while tied to a vehicle, three witnesses have testified for the prosecution before the Limassol district court. The next hearing has been set for June 27.

Two other ongoing cases involve the alleged mistreatment of dogs at an illegal boarding facility in Polemidhia in Limassol, which is due in court shortly, and the abandonment and starvation of caged dogs at a kennel in Larnaca to the point where they resorted to cannibalism. A trial date is due to be set, the party said.

Meanwhile a total of 13 dead cats were found in the linear park in the Strovolos area, last Sunday, which Green Party senior official Adonis Yiangou said were tortured and then killed.

The incident was reported to the police and the Strovolos municipality.

“Daily crimes are being carried out against animals and the state stands idle. This is unacceptable and our country is exposed in that way,” the Greens said in an announcement.

In recent meetings with the Finance and Environment ministers, respectively, the Green Party asked for the implementation of the legal framework for the protection and welfare of animals as well as the re-introduction in 2015 of financial support for animal shelters and the cat-neutering programme.

Kyriacos Kyriacou, head of the Animal Party, said that there was a need for the appointment of an Animal Welfare commissioner who will coordinate all such and that the party is arranging to meet with all the other political parties to discuss the matter.

Kyriacou, who was present on Tuesday this week at the latest hearing of the man who tied his dog to his car and dragged him, said that he was glad the state and the judiciary were taking the case seriously.

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