Police on the island of Corfu confirmed it has imposed an administrative fine of 30,000 euros to a man who poured petroleum oil on a dog, tied him at a power column and left the animal under the sun for several hours.
The 62-year-old man claimed he poured the fuel on the dog to “have flees go away,” police said in a statement, adding the man was arrested, a case file was filed and he was taken to the prosecutor.
The 6-year-old dog belonged to a man’s relative and he was taking care of him.
According to Greek legislation for the animals protection, the administrative fine of 30,000 euros is the standard fine for animal abuse.
Locals in Solari village called police on Tuesday noon, after they saw the animal was tied to the power column and was obviously sick.
“We found the dog tied with an iron chain 20cm long, standing under the hot sun, he had vomited and was obviously sick,” wrote local journalist Fani Merianou on Facebook.
The “owner” was sitting in a cafeteria opposite from the column for more than three hours.
The angry animal lovers called the police, the man claimed the “getting rid of the flees” story and they all ended at the police station where the animal lovers filed a lawsuit against him.
The dog was taken first to a veterinarian for a check and then to a pet salon where he had a bath, he was cleaned, the matted and polluted fur was removed.
The dog is scared and we cannot allow him to return to the man, Merianou wrote.
She called on people to share the story and find a loving forever home for the poor animal.
The call found positive feedback and the dog was adopted in less than 24 hours.
She urged people to not hesitate and call the police whenever the see cases of animal abuse.