The owners of a seven-year-old dog appealed for information on Tuesday after the animal died in a fire in its shelter in Larnaca, which was apparently set deliberately.
Boulys, a male American Staffordshire terrier, was found burned by his owners, Marios Kalochoritis and Theodora Georgiou, on Monday morning in his enclosure in a field owned by the couple in Dromolaxia.
The enclosure adjoined a small shed that was also burned, which was used by the dog as a shelter from the cold.
“I don’t care about the shed, he too had a soul, now he’s gone,” Georgiou told the Cyprus Mail.
She said they had been at the field on Sunday to feed the dog and let him out of his enclosure to stretch and left at around 5.30pm, after putting him back inside.
On Monday morning, however, when they went to the field, “we found the dog charred,” Georgiou said.
She said she could not think why would anyone want to harm him.
Boulys, she said, despite his breed, “was more like a cat”.
“He was calm, not aggressive, and did not bark.”
She said police went to the scene but told them they needed more clues to locate the person or persons who did it.
Georgiou asked anyone with information on where to find those responsible to go to the police.
The Animal Party said that it condemns “such criminal, lawless and barbaric acts.”
Those behind this terrible act, the party said, have committed a double crime as they targeted a “defenceless and innocent animal who had not even been able to protect himself or had the capability of escaping the flames.”
It too urged members of the public who may possess any information concerning the incident to call the Kiti police station at 24 804520 or the public hotline at 1460.