By Evie Andreou
THE Animal Party of Cyprus has called for the abolition of the law to protect dogs and to give the state veterinary services the authority to file criminal charges in cases of animal abuse, party leader Kyriacos Kyriacou told Police chief Zacharias Chrysostomou during a meeting yesterday.
Kyriacou told the Cyprus Mail after the meeting that the provisions of the animal welfare laws are sufficient and that there is no need for a law dealing specifically with dogs anymore.
“It is confusing to people, who do not know where to report cases and where to go for different procedures,” Kyriacou said.
He also said that since the state vet services are the ones that issue reports, on which the police depend in order to file criminal charges in animal abuse cases, then the department should be authorised to undertake the whole procedure and take cases directly to court instead of the police.
“That way a lot of valuable time is saved and at the same time it lessens the workload of the police,” Kyriacou said.
On progress in the case of Billy, the stray poodle that died in June after it was thrown alive in a cardboard crusher by two hotel employees in Protaras, Kyriacou said that “the chief said that the report with the findings of the autopsy is ready and that it will be sent to the relevant police station investigating the case on Monday.”
Other issues discussed during the meeting were the recent decision of the Justice minister to designate two police officers in every district to investigate and coordinate animal cruelty cases, as well as the illegal imports of exotic and other animals.
He also said that the party is in the process of establishing vigilance teams in every district that will observe and report cases of animal abuse.
Already, the monitoring groups for the protection of animal welfare in Famagusta district will hold their first meeting in Dherynia at 11am today, at the ‘Lavezin’ tavern. Similar groups have already been set up in the districts of Larnaca and Paphos.