First custodial sentence for animal abuse in Chania

Library picture of Lizzie - one of many abandoned dogs that needs rehoming

Last Wednesday, 31/1, a Chania court handed a custodial 2 year sentence and a 5000 euro fine for animal abuse and neglect to a local woman for a serious case of abuse of three dogs in her care.

One of the dogs later died while the other two were removed and have now recovered and have been rehomed.

This was one of the very few cases in the whole of Greece where the sentence was not suspended and it was the first in Chania.

Animal welfare organisations hope that this kind of sentence will act as a serious deterrent even though their prefered option would always be prevention of cruelty.