Police said on Monday they have launched an investigation into the death of a dog in Nicosia that was left to die under the scorching sun on the roof of a building behind a cluster of solar panels.
Following a report, police said, officers on Sunday found the dog, a mini Doberman, on the roof of an apartment building in Lakatamia.
The Animal Party on Sunday had published photos of the dog that appears to have been left to die on the roof of a building where a broken plastic kennel had been placed behind a cluster of solar panels.
The dog was left tied up on the roof of the building and under 40-degree heat without being able to do anything, without being able to break its shackles,” the party said.
It is not known yet how long the dog had been there or how long it had been dead.
Party head Kyriacos Kyriacou told the Cyprus Mail they don’t know yet whether the dog died from heatstroke or dehydration or whether it became caught up in its leash and was unable to reach its water bowl, or whether it was strangled by its tether in an attempt to get loose.
The party has been calling for harsher punishment of owners who neglect their pets. The maximum sentence for animal abuse is a year in jail and/or a €1,700 fine.
Last year, a 67-year-old man from Limassol was sentenced to two months’ imprisonment on charges of animal abuse, negligence and assaulting police officers, after he was arrested in 2013 for tying his dog – a Rottweiler named Bruno – on the back of his car and dragging it to its death.
This was the first time anyone was sentenced to jail for animal abuse. Court also imposed a lifelong ban on the man, who is now forbidden from ever owning a dog again. ea