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Man arrested after hunters’ dog killed

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A 62-year-old man who shot and killed a hunting dog on Sunday was arrested by Kokkinotrimithia police after he admitted committing the crime.

At around 4.15pm on Sunday, two men aged 27 and 20, reported to police that an unknown man had shot and killed their dog as they were out hunting in the Nicosia district.

According to their report, as they were out hunting, their dog had entered a private cultivated piece of land, after which an unknown man asked them to remove the dog from the premises, which they did.

Then, as the 27-year-old and 20-year-old were making their way towards their car, another car approached them whose driver, using a double-barrelled shotgun, shot and fatally injured their dog.

Police arrived at the scene, and collected the dead dog.

Later in the day, as the two men were filing a written report at the Kokkinotrimithia police station, the 62-year-old arrived at the station and told police that he was responsible for shooting and killing the dog, but he had done so by accident.

The 62-year-old was identified by the two hunters as the man responsible, after which he was arrested by court order and detained to facilitate further police enquiries into the case.

Police checks in the 62-year-old’s home found and seized for examination one double-barrelled shotgun and a number of cartridges.

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