Cyprus Mail

London protest for Billy the dog

Activists are planning a protest on Tuesday outside the Cyprus High Commission and the Cyprus Tourist Organisation in London in memory of Billy, a poodle that died in the summer of 2014 after it was thrown into a cardboard crusher by two hotel employees in Protaras.

The protest, scheduled for 12 pm UK time, is organised by the group ‘Billy’s Law’ who is demanding justice for Billy and every other suffering animal.

Billy’s case caused uproar in Cyprus and made news abroad in 2014 after the details of its death became public.

A stray poodle, Billy was reportedly chased by two hotel employees because it was on the hotel’s grounds, and he was thrown alive in a cardboard crusher after it was beaten.

Billy was rescued by people who heard the dog’s cries, but it died a few days later.

A post mortem showed the cause of death as a brain haemorrhage from severe trauma to the base of Billy’s skull.

The two hotel employees were put on trial but were acquitted last week by the Famagusta district court due to lack of evidence and witnesses.

“This demo is also largely about demands for change,” the group said on their Facebook page. It added that there are dogs “cold and hungry” in pounds and many with in cages in council yards.


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