Police on the island of Crete has arrested two dog owners for not having marked their pets with microchip.
A 54-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman were handcuffed in Mylopotamos area of Rethymnon after police investigation showed their dogs had no microchip.
The two dog owners were fined according to the relevant legislation for the protection of animal welfare.
The Animal Protection Law of 2017 foresees fines of 300 euros for the absence of a microchip and 300 euros for violating regulations for the animal welfare.
All pet owners are obliged to microchip their animals.
A case file was prepared and the two were sent to the Prosecutor of Rethymnon, police on Crete announced on Monday.
Unfortunately, I could not find more details on this case other the police statement.
However, if police on Crete has suddenly decided to implement the law for the protection and the welfare of the pets, it should also start seriously looking into the continuous cases of animal abuse on the island and catch one or more of these thugs that set dogs on fire, shoot at them or … the list is long and shameful.
Crete is reportedly champion in animal abuse among the regions of Greece. The island with 600,000 residents has the same rate of animal abuse as Athens with five million residents.
PS In my village we call it: “setting priorities.”