The first ever ex parte decree for the removal of an animal from its owner has been issued by a Cypriot court, after reports of negligence.
Ex parte decrees are usually issued in cases involving children.
The dog, an American Staffordshire Terrier, was removed from its owner’s house in Limassol after the Animal Party, following a report made to them by a member of the public, filed a report with Limassol police.
“The dog was so skinny and malnourished; we have reports that he was without food for a week” the head of the Animal Party Kyriacos Kyriacou told the Cyprus Mail on Friday.
He said that the dog, whose owner has asked to have it back, after it received care from the state vet services, is currently re-homed.
Head of the Limassol CID Ioannis Soteriades, told the Cyprus News Agency that police officers visited the place where the dog was kept and verified that it was living in wretched conditions and looked as if it had been abandoned.
“We welcome the actions of the police and we want to send a message that we will continue to practice what we promised and that nothing is swept under the rug,” Kyriacou said.
He added that this was also a message to all irresponsible dog owners, that they could not continue to keep their animals in such miserable conditions.