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Crete: Horrible! 23 shelter dogs poisoned

Heartbreaking! The lifeless bodies of 23 dogs lay next to each other. Innocent and defenseless creatures that found a torturing death. A coward culprit threw poisoned bites and killed all the dogs of an animal welfare shelter in Sitia, in Eastern Crete.

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Incredible brutality. Vicious attack. Incredible shock for the animal lovers who discovered the dead dogs on Tuesday morning, July 10th 2013.

The 23 dogs were inside the premises of a shelter compound given by the Sitia municiaplity to the local animal welfare society to accomodate stray dogs.

The brutal killing occurred a month after a similar incident occurred in the shelter of the same animal welfare society with four dogs to have been poisoned and died. The society had to relocate the dogs. But the sick human mind apparently followed them also in their new home.

On the Facebook page of the animal welfare society (via MM) I read that they were planning to install security cameras. But the sick human was quicker.

According to the only survey conducted in Greece on the issue of animal abuse,

75% of the Greeks consider animal abuse and poisoning as crime that has to be severly punished.

However it needs a really sick mind in a small community to satisfy his/hers killer’s insticts on creatures that cannot defend themselves.

The local animal welfare society, a group of dedicated Greeks,  needs all the support it can get and especially from the local municipality.

You can politely express your disgust and shock and ask the municipality to openly condemn the brutal dogs poisoning and vicious attack.

Mayor of Sitia, Thodoros Paterakis Email: [email protected]

From what I read in social media the locla police is extremely helpful and tries to identify the perpetrator/s.



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  1. im sickened to my stomach and pray that god forgives this sick person. evil is not the word

  2. I do hope that they will find the sick human fast and he/she will be brought to justice quickly.
    This is heart breaking

  3. This was what I fear the most when we are with our dog in Greece. A lot of people poison dogs left and right. Not only strays, but also in the mountains and in the olivegroves… Sick. Total sick.

  4. This is shameful. It’s the shame of Crete and the shame of Greece. We are all responsible for our weakest link. PLEASE STOP THIS NOW.

  5. Maurice Hakkens

    To the people who did this i want to say that i wanna put them against the wall and execute them.

  6. Penelope-Ann Turner

    Unfortunately I am unable to politely express the anger I feel towards the perpetrator of this heinous crime, in a just world a similar fate would befall them.

  7. To date 2,282 signatures are on the petition to condemn this atrocious and barbaric act, please add your voices as well as your above comments. KTG are you able to advertise this information? Many people have emailed the Mayor of Sitia, Thodoros Paterakis to add their pleas for the person involved to be brought to justice. Voices must be heard this time…..