A prosecutor in Lamia has pressed charges against the mayor of Amfikleia-Elati on suspicion that he was behind two incidents of strays dogs’ poisoning. A priest is being also persecuted for abetting the perpetrator in Fthiotida Prefecture in Central Greece.
According to the case file, the mayor was allegedly behind two cases of animal poisoning near the train station of Brallos. “He threw the poison himself,” local media lamiareport.gr writes citing the judicial documents.
The website contacted the mayor who denies all charges saying he is not aware of the incidents and he said so to judicial authorities as well.
Also a local priest is being persecuted for abetting the perpetrator.
The priest has allegedly reported the incident to relatives and members of the local animal welfare society. Later he claimed he was not sure about the perpetrator’s identity, however, it seems that there are several witnesses to whom he made his original claim.
The prosecutor’s intervention followed a denouncement by the local animal welfare that had received information that “a high-ranking elected member of the local authority was seen throwing the poison.”
The prosecutor reacted immediately and took all necessary testimonies within three days.
According to the report, the leading prosecutor of Lamia, Haris Lakafosis, is determined to investigate the issue to the end and find the perpetrator. “There will be absolutely no tolerance to those abusing animals in one way or another,” he stresses sending the message to all directions.
Police officers have been reportedly instructed to be in contact with citizens and brief them on such issues so that they are not afraid to denounce cases of animal abuse, lamiareport notes.
It is the first time an high-ranking official in Greece is persecuted with such charges.
Mass poisoning across Greece
In the last couple of months, and possibly in every spring, there is an unprecedented outbreak of animals’ poisoning across Greece. Cats and dogs but also birds suffer a horrible death because some – no, they are not humans – believe they are entitled to carry all their private problems, their psychological and social inefficiencies to innocent animals.
The incidents and the denouncements reach animal welfare societies almost on a daily basis.
More than 30 pigeons were poisoned in Antheon Park in Thessaloniki over the weekend.
On Sunday, an animal lover called police in Drama, Northern Greece, after she saw an elderly woman throwing rat poison in a park, close to a playground. The elderly claimed she was “annoyed by the cats and dogs passing by” and that she “has been doing this for years.”
Following police orders the woman who was in her 90’s (!) removed the poison with a brush and shovel. It is not known whether police filed against the poisoner.
The fourth victim of mass poisoning in Sidirokastro by Serres, Northern Greece. “The animal was dying and the locals were drinking their coffee as if nothing was happening.”
On June 21st, a specially trained dog found 14 plastic bags full with poison baits, in an agricultural area of Agios Nikoalos, Lasithi, on the island of Crete. Unfortunately, trained dog Daka was late, some animal had already eaten the bait…
Thank goodness, there is a large number of Greeks and expats living in Greece doing a priceless work against the animal abusers.