By Evie Andreou
THE GREEN Party on Friday were scornfully critical of the way a police officer shot dead a stray dog at the Paphos airport runway on Thursday.
“A ‘terrorist’ dog was murdered,” was the title of the party’s announcement in which they asked for a “full, immediate and transparent investigation” into the incident.
According to reports, the dog was spotted wandering near the runway of the airport by air traffic controllers who notified security to remove him.
After unsuccessfully trying to remove the dog, which allegedly attacked them, one of the two officers drew his handgun and shot it.
The party said that they were sceptical of the police explanation, that the dog attacked the officers.
“How is it possible, a stray dog being chased by police officers turning against them instead of running away and as a result one of the police officers shooting the dog in self-defence? How did a dog get into a high security area like the Paphos Airport?” the announcement said.
The party said they expect the police to fully investigate the case.
Police spokesman Andreas Angelides told the Cyprus News Agency that they have initiated a investigation to determine the circumstances of the incident and to determine whether the officer or officers are criminally or administratively liable.
People are condemning the incident on social media and a petition demanding the officer’s dismissal from the police force has already gathered more than 2,600 signatures. The petition is for Cyprus residents only.