Local police arrested a priest who shot and executed his own dog with a rifle in front of his neighbors. According to the neighbors and eyewitnesses, the priest, a resident of village Aipeia in Messinia, Peloponnese, on Thursday evening. He was pulling the dog with a rope, while he was holding a rifle on the other hand.
In quick movements, he tied the dog on a tree in a land plot and executed him.
The neighbors who could not believe their eyes, called the police.
The 74-year-old priest reportedly admitted the killing and told police that he shot the dog because he was sick with kalazar (leishmaniasis) and he did not want to see the dog die in pain.
A leishmaniasis is a disease that can be treated if not in severe form. But even then, there is a humane way to release any animal from the suffering. But there are ignorant people with no compassion for the creatures on this world. Even if they praise Christian love.
The priest spent a night in custody and was taken to prosecutor on charges of killing a companion animal and illegal possession of a weapon. He was set free, his trial is scheduled on Monday.
The offenses can put him a year behind bars and impose a fine of 5,000 to 15,000 euros.
It is the second priest who shoots and kills animals with a rifle. Last April, a priest shot two dogs because they had entered his home yard in a village near Patras, also in Peloponnese.
PS I am sure you can imagine the harsh comments Greek internet users posted under a video shot by one of the neighbors, showing the poor dog laying in a lake of blood.
What a ‘holy’ man…