The two young soldiers who threw a stray dog over a cliff dared to issue a joint statement in which they call the brutal abuse as “unfortunate incident.” In a joint statement sent to websites paramythia-online.gr and thespro.gr, local media in Thesprotia region of Epirus in West Greece they apologize claiming the incident was “unacceptable to their principles.”
The joint statement:
Regarding the incident that took place in Konitsa in the past and related to the dog appearing on the internet, we state that this is a purely unfortunate incident and we had no intention of abusing the above animal, which received our constant care and with which we had become accustomed on the basis of our daily care.
We believe that the above incident is unacceptable to our principles, and, by exercising our self-criticism, we declare publicly our sincere remorse, asking everybody for peer judgment and understanding.
Media report on Monday, that the military prosecutor is investigating against the two abusers and the man who filmed the abuse as they were conscripts when the dog abuse took place in the military camp of Konista, Epirus in October 2017.
The incident has triggered an outrage with hundreds of people to have turned to the Greek Armed forces and Greek Police demanding the exemplary punishment of the soldiers.
Citing a military officer, Skai TV reported that animal abuse in the country’s military camps is a “scourge.” The abuse does not affect only dogs but also snakes, the officer said speaking on conditions of anonymity.
Many strays seek military camps where they can find food.