On this page Argos founder Stella will regularly bring
you up to date news on a wide range of subjects concerning
the shelters activities and any other information that
concerns animal welfare in general. Whatever the news and
however it affects the shelter and its mission, our
supporters have a right to know.
Dear supporters here are December 2016 monthly updates.
Felix, Vana, Nemo, Iro, Ringo,
Libby, Ash, Sam, Tristan, Rose
Total No. of dogs at the end of NOV
74 + 14 – 16 = 72 (Total number of dogs end of
cat statistics for December 2016
Bubble, Squeek, George, Polly, Theo,
Total No. of Cats at the end of NOV
98+ 6 - 3 = 101 (Total number of
cats end of DEC)
Youth Council Meeting on Paralimni dog pound –
In an initiative with the neighborhood police, the Paralimni
Youth Council organized a presentation on the plans for the
construction of the future Paralimni dog pound.
The relocation of the pound has been in the pipeline for a
long time and with the upcoming mayoral elections, the
committee took the opportunity to obtain assurances and
commitment from the municipality’s mayor to begin
construction at the already selected site.
I was invited to the presentation to offer advice and
guidance on the plans they had in mind in relation to the
size of the kennels and the layout. We had already
submitted to them the drawings but I invited the committee
to the Argos shelter so they could view the actual kennels
and layout. At the presentation the existing mayor,
Mr. Pirillis who is also a candidate again, showed up at the
meeting and committed to begin works as soon as the
elections were over. Since this meeting, I am told by
the volunteers that the mayor has been forthcoming in all
their requests for supplies and temporary modifications to
their existing shelter until the new works are complete.
Ormidhia Primary School visit – 22/12/16
A couple of days before the above visit, I received a
call from the primary school teacher asking if they could
visit the shelter.
It was unusual not to book a week or so in advance,
especially so close to the Xmas holidays when we are short
of people and need more time to clean the entire
However, we made an exception as the 23 children had
collected blankets and wanted to bring them for the dogs
to keep warm during the cold and wet spells we were having
at the time.
As always, the children enjoyed their tour and during our
talk, even the teachers learnt some things they never
Labrador Rescue – 24/12/16
Xmas Eve at about 18:30pm, we were called out to rescue a
mum and 7 puppies, pedigree Labradors that were all
huddled under a bush trying to keep dry from the drizzling
It’s not difficult to guess how these dogs ended up
abandoned because the backyard breeder unable to sell the
dogs, decided to get rid of his problem and give it to
All the puppies and the mother have now been
rehomed. Two puppies rehomed in Cyprus and the rest
all waiting to join their German families at the end of
Total No. of dogs at the end of OCT
74 + 12 – 12 = 74 (Total number of dogs end of
cat statistics for November 2016
Juno, Jasper, Nikita, Skye, Lilly,
Anita, Jerry, Tom
Total No.of Cats at the end of OCT
100 + 8 - 1 = 107 (Total number of
cats end of NOV)
Mosphiloti Council court case – 09/11/16
The case was finalised today after both Mary Anastasi and
myself gave our testimony on the case of animal cruelty /
neglect against the Mukhtar and his dog handler and now
await the outcome of the court’s decision. We will
advise as soon as we know.
Hope Court Case – 10/11/16
Adjourned till the New Year.
Deliberation on amendments to the Animal Welfare Law –
Following months of
deliberations on the above subject, the Veterinary Services
finally invited all relevant government departments and
animal welfare organisations to a consultation on specific
amendments to the animal welfare law relating to the
provisions on the District Animal Welfare Committees, The
Pancyprian Animal Welfare Committee and the Regulations
governing pet shops.
It was a lengthy conference which lasted 4˝ hours but a lot
of ground was covered and many suggestions put forward on
the required changes. In particular, CVA’s delegation
highlighted the need for:
An animal Control and Welfare Service in each
district – the government unfortunately does not want to
adopt this service and instead to give more power to the
above committees which we believe will complicate
matters even more due to the number of people in these
committees; the Pancyprian Committee will be represented
by 17 or more members, whilst the District committees
will have 9 members.
The Law proposals put forward by CVA were not fully
adopted at this stage by the government veterinary
services as they said they would look into them at a
later stage. The CVA amendment proposals would
make it easier for the law to be enforced but we will
not leave matters as they are and CVA media spokesman,
Dinos Agiomamitis will write a letter of complaint to
Pet Shop Regulations - We expressed our
disagreement with animals being sold in pet shops due to
the cramped and unsuitable conditions they are kept
in. The proposed guidelines prepared by the
veterinary services for the cages where animals will be
held in pet shops were shocking and when we asked why
they had proposed hens to be kept in tiny cages of 40cm
in height, their answer was that they took these
dimensions from animal testing laboratories! We
were shocked and they said they would look into these
dimensions again, revise them and invite us back for
CVA further proposed the banning on the importation of dogs
and cats to Cyprus for 3-4 years so that the big problem of
stray animals could be controlled by forcing people to adopt
from shelters but of course this was denied, as was
Public dialogue on animal welfare – City College
Green Party / Citizens Cooperation organised a public
dialogue to discuss animal welfare issues with guest
speakers, Environment Commissioner Mrs. Ioanna Panayiotou
briefing on the sterilisation campaign and care of stray
animals and Volunteering Commissioner Mr Yiannis Yiannaki,
briefing on the draft Law for strengthening the mechanisms
for animal protection and welfare.
Greetings from the president of Green Party/Citizens
Cooperation, Mr. George Perdikis and the six Larnaca Mayor
candidates who presented their programme on the control of
stray animals and creation of shelters.
As always, during an election campaign, a lot of things are
promised by each candidate and it was no different in this
case. Each and every one told us what we wanted to
hear; they will enforce the Dog Law, implement a
sterilization programme, the construction of municipal dog
pounds, education and cultural change. The audience
was very angry at the present state of affairs regarding the
indifference of local authority on the subject of animal
control and their handling and exploitation of the animals
by those who they commission to offer this service on their
On the subject of the sterilization programme, one candidate
stated that they would get the government veterinary
services to carry out these operations, free of charge, thus
saving money. This is, of course, a nonsensical
suggestion as the govt. veterinary services are a purely
advisory service and have been so for many years. So,
that idea flew out the window. On education and
culture, we stated that this is brought about with Law
enforcement and the imposition of heavy fines. On the
construction, and administration of the pounds, we asked the
question of how these pounds would be manned. If they
are run as they are presently, which are no more than
concentration camps for the dogs, then this is
unacceptable. The reply was that they will seek to
cooperate with animal welfare organizations to run these
shelters, with proper government funding. Big
plans and big words….
Panayiotis Stavrinides Mayor Candidate for Nicosia
Meeting with a representative of Cyprus Voice for Animals
The stray animal population is over 1 Million
A meeting with Cyprus Voice for Animals representative Dinos
Agiomamitis took place with mayor candidate for Nicosia, Mr.
Panayiotis Stavrinides. At the meeting, Mr.
Stavrinides was informed of the activities of the filozoic
movement and in regards to animal welfare in Cyprus. Mr.
Stavrinides who is himself an animal lover, discussed with
CVA representative, ways in which the Nicosia Municipality
can promote proposals for animal welfare and among other
things, the following was agreed:
The Municipality will install in specific areas of the
town, feeding stations for the strays..
The Municipality will promote the sterilization of
strays in cooperation with animal welfare organizations
To promote agreement so that the management of the
Nicosia Municipal animal shelter be given in coalition
with animal welfare organizations.
To recommend the creation of an independent service
for the protection and welfare of animals.
To inform the public as well as the Municipal
employees on the existing animal welfare Law for the
proper handling of incidences involving animals and
correct behavior towards them.
Mr. Stavrinides added that there are over one million
homeless animals in Cyprus, a fact that gives him much grief
and in closing he highlighted that he will continue the
efforts with animal welfare organizations to promote the
protection and welfare of the animals
Let’s hope that somebody means what
they say and not just pre-election promises.
Liopetri A Primary School visit – 22/11/16
44 young pupils visited the shelter for the first time
bringing gifts of food to the dogs and cats. As always, the
children enjoy their tour of the shelter and especially when
they get to go into the small dog runs and play with the
dogs and the cats. Education on animal care and
welfare is one of the most important part of our work and we
are happy to see that many more schools in both Larnaca and
Famagusta districts are including daytrips to shelters.
Total No. of dogs at the end of SEP
79 + 14 – 19 = 74 Total number of dogs
end of October.
Cat statistics for october 2016
Mogwy, Bilbo, Scarlet,
Georgina, Bilbo, Billy
Total No. of Cats at the end of SEP
101+ 4 - 5 = 100 Total
number of cats end of October.
Grammar School Nicosia visit – 04/10/2016
On the occasion of World Animal Day, and a significant day
in recognition of the importance of animals in our world,
the teachers from Grammar School Nicosia arranged the outing
for 38 primary school children to Argos sanctuary. The
children interacted with many of our small dogs in the puppy
runs and here they couldn’t get enough of our Chihuahua x
Pinscher Tia, who loved every minute of their attention.
The children came laden with food for the cats and dogs and
at the end of their tour, they wanted to know what other
ways they could
help the animals. We told them about donating their
unwanted items to our charity shops, they could fundraise in
school in various ways and the class could sponsor the
animal of their choice.
Presidential Palace Concert for World Animal Day –
4th October each year is very busy for us but this year it
was even busier as Cyprus Voice for Animals had organised
the concert – One Voice, One Piano – with singer Vakia
Stavrou. The fundraising event was for the creation of
a fund for sterilising cats and dogs of low income
families. The donations have not yet been counted as
we are still waiting for some from various sources to be
sent. The evening was a great success and on the
occasion, CVA presented a plaque to their member societies
for the contribution to animal welfare.
Court hearing on the Hope case – 11/10/2016
Adjourned until 10th November
Court hearing against Mosfiloti Council – 14/10/2016
Adjourned until 9th November
Cause for Paws at Lithos Bar Oroklini – 15/10/2016
An Argos fundraising evening which included a buffet dinner
and entertainment from musicians, Chris Andre and Angela
The evening was a great success and everybody commented on
how much they enjoyed both the meal and the entertainment.
Everyone was generous in the purchase of raffle tickets and
with the donation from Lithos bar, we raised 1,000 euros (
543 euros from the sale of raffle tickets and 457 euros
donation from Lithos bar).
Axeritou Council Meeting – 18/10/2016
In a recent campaign which we have taken up with our
Famagusta district group to meet with local authorities and
enlighten them on their legal responsibilities in the
control of dogs and correct implementation of the Dog Law,
our first meeting was with Axeritou Council, Vryssoules.
President of the community, Mr. Michalis Kaounas had
welcomed our meeting and was interested to hear suggestions
and advice on how best to implement the Dog Law with regard
to registration of all dogs and the construction of an
approved dog pound. It is well to note that the
present pound they have is run by Mr. Demetris Nikolaides (
right of the photo) who is very sensitive on the subject of
animals and up to now, he cooperates with volunteers in the
area and has never put a dog to sleep and is fully supported
in this by the president, Mr. Kaounas.
We were taken to the existing dog holding area and we
explained how it should be extended, the number of kennels
needed for the community’s needs and the needs of the
incoming dogs. We look forward to working closely with
the council and are offering any support that they
require. A first and great step towards the
implementation of our goals in the correct management of
dogs and proper services offered to the community.
In the photo from left to right are: Stella Stylianou, Ritsa
Hadjisterkoti, Mr. Michalis Kaounas, Andri Isaak, Demetris
Larnaca Pound investigation – 19/10/2016
Following several complaints about the above pound situated
in Kalo Chorio, Larnaca and services two Larnaca
municipalities ( Livadhia and Aradippou) collecting their
stray dogs, we asked for a police escort to visit the
pound. Having concluded the inspection of both kennels
and files, we were not entirely satisfied with some
explanations given and we had agreed that our volunteer
groups would be visiting the pound on a regular basis to
help with rehoming. When the police were present, the
administrator of the pound agreed to everything we asked but
a day later, he refuses all cooperation.
These and other dogs were taken out the following day by
volunteer groups after we posted the photos.
Further investigation is continuing and I will keep everyone
updated on our findings. Gathering evidence is a
lengthy and tedious process, but at the end, you can only be
successful with hard evidence and not heresay.
Mars (Pedigree & Whiskas) support – 25/10/2016
World Animal Day seems to extend well into October as many
organisations cannot fit all the events into the one
designated day. This year in support of the
Cyprus animal shelters, Pedigree & Whiskas have once
again donated food for cats and dogs in a ceremony which
took place at the Sirius dog shelter in Limassol.
Mars have been supporting animal welfare for many years and
cooperate only with the Cyprus Voice for Animals which is
the union of the animal welfare organisations in
Total No. of dogs at the end of Aug
78 + 9 – 16 = 71 Total number of dogs end of
cat statistics for September 2016
Toby, Stan, Savannah, Archie,
Total No. of Cats at the end of Aug
84+ 5 - 3 = 86 Total number
of cats end of September
Investigation of dog neglect – 01/09/2016
This case is 3 years old and we are still going back and
forth to the court. There are now two witnesses left
to testify – myself and CVA president Mary Anastasi.
This is the case of the prosecution of the Mosfiloti
president of the town council and the employee responsible
for caring for the stray dogs. The complaint
we received was that the dogs were collected, kept in the
cages without food or water until they died. Argos
took the 2 huskies and NDS took the 2 hunting
dogs. On the day the photos were taken, there
was already one dead dog. The next hearing is
scheduled for the 9th November 2016 when hopefully we can
be called to testify.
Meeting with Diko party MP – 20/09/2016
Cyprus Voice for Animals representatives, Mary Anastasi,
Stella Stylianou, Athina Ieridou and Dinos Agiomamitis met
with MP Marinos Moushiouttas at the Diko party offices in
Nicosia to discuss the upcoming Dog Law reforms that are due
to be discussed and approved. As there is pressure on
the House Committee from external groups not to accept
certain changes, CVA has embarked on an exercise to meet all
the political party MP’s and to enlighten them on these
changes and get them on our side as the House of
Representatives will be approving the Amending
Law. This is the first of the many meetings
Argos Craft Day at the shelter – 28/09/2016
Our friend and long-time supporter, Lorraine Jackson, on a
visit to Cyprus, had organised a craft day at the
shelter. The ladies who took part on the day were
shown how to make all sorts of crafts such as handmade
greeting cards, Xmas crackers, wall pictures which were
donated to Argos to sell at our fundraising festivals and
Thanks to Lorraine Jackson, Sandy Exley, our rehoming
co-ordinator for organising the event and to all the ladies
who spent the afternoon making the crafts for Argos.
Total No. of Cats at the end of June
92+ 1 - 6 = 87 Total number of
cats end of July
Ministry of Agriculture meeting – 04/07/16
In a coordinated effort to push chronic unsolved issues to
the forefront and bring about legislation reform in animal
welfare, Cyprus Voice for Animals delegation (Mary
Anastasi, Stella Stylianou and Dinos Agiomamitis) has
pushed for the creation of a “working group” which
involves the following government departments:
Ministry of Agriculture Director and Veterinary Services
Animal health and welfare department.
In this first meeting the subject of our agenda was for
the “abolition of chains and cages” where such a
clause would constitute a provision in the Dog Law.
Dog Law was chosen because it is the upcoming Law now
coming up for reform after 5 years of deliberations.
Cyprus Voice for Animals submitted extensive
research material of both caging and chaining and we also
invited animal behaviourist expert, Stefanos Severis to
the meeting, who also submitted his written report and
verbally explained as well, the negative psychological and
physical effects on animals whose movements and natural
expression are restricted.
Total No. of dogs at the end of Feb
89 + 17 – 18 = 88 Total number of dogs end of
cat statistics for March 2016
Total No.of Cats at the end of Feb 91 = 91
Total number of cats end of March
Public consultation on animal welfare issues –
The Green Party - Citizens Collaboration president Mr.
George Perdikis, organised a public consultation with
organisations, institutions and individuals concerned with
animal welfare. Based on the situation in animal welfare
and protection in Cyprus to date, we believe that the
Cyprus state and society cannot be proud of their
On the one hand the state fails to adopt and implement
legislation that addresses the essence of animal welfare,
while on the other hand the attitude of Cypriot society in
these matters remains unchanged.
The Green Party - Citizens Collaboration discussed with
institutions and individuals ways of implementing a
strategic policy regarding animal welfare. During this
public discussion all suggestions were recorded in order
to be included in the Green Party - Citizens Collaboration
electoral agenda as a policy commitment in the new house
Photo from left to right: Mary Anastasi, president
of CVA, Stella Stylianou, General Secretary CVA, Dinos
Agiomamitis, media representative CVA, member of Green
party, Ioanna Panagiotou, Environment Commissioner, Green
Lecture at the Bishopric Tamasou and Oreinis –
CHURCH LECTURE ON ‘WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT ANIMALS’ THE
REAL ATTITUDE OF A CHRISTIAN TOWARDS ANIMALS.
Yesterday evening 9 March 2016, CVA representatives, Mary
Anastasi, Stella Stylianou and Dinos Agiomamitis, attended
the lecture organized by the Environmental department of
the Episcopal of Tamasou and Oreinis, Nicosia district on
the subject of the ‘The real attitude of a Christian
Speakers were His Holiness Bishop Isaiah, who opened the
event and stated the value of animals in our
society. Archmandrite Theodokis Faidonos, in charge
of the Environmental dept. of the Bishopric, within a very
nice presentation, clearly outlined that the maltreatment
of animals is a sin against God’s own creations which must
be respected. Further, the sterilization of
companion animals is not a sin as their overpopulation
holds many dangers for them.
Dr. Constantina Stylianidou, veterinarian, explained the
benefits of sterilizing animals for the prevention of
diseases thus providing longevity and health and welfare
for the animal.
Police representative Mr. Christoforos Changoudis analyzed
the role of the police as one of the relevant authorities
to implement the animal welfare Law and presented a few
cases that had been prosecuted by the police. As
head of the neighborhood police force in Cyprus, he also
explained that one of their many roles is the
investigation of animal abuse complaints.
This move by the young and visionary Bishop Isaiah
is indeed ground breaking and decisive on the Church’s
stand on animals and we are hopeful that his example will
be followed by other Metropolitans islandwide.
District Animal Welfare Committee Meeting – 23/03/2016
Meeting called to discuss various animal welfare issues and
sign cheques to pay the veterinarians who took part in the
government’s first re-introduction of the cat spay/neuter
scheme of limited funds. The amount given towards the
end of 2015 was €2,000 per district and we are hopeful that
there will be an increase for 2016 programme.
Dhekelia Youth Centre visit – 23/03/2016
A group of 8 – 10 year olds pupils, escorted by their
teachers, visited the shelter and took several dogs for a
walk. At the end of their visit, our shelter manager,
Andrew Brown, dressed as a dog, gave each of the children a
certificate with the name and photo of the dog they walked
and a bag of treats for each of them. A
big thank you to the staff and volunteer Sue Hannis, who
stayed till well after closing time to make sure that the
children had a great time.
Total No. of dogs at the end of JAN
80 + 23 – 24 = 79 Total number of dogs end of
cat statistics for february 2016
Total No. of Cats at the end of
Jan 93 + 1 = 94 Total
number of cats end of February
Honouring Mary Anastasi – CVA President
Here is another attestation that an animal rights activist
is also a philanthropist. How many times have we heard
the remark thrown at us when we fundraise, ‘There are so
many people starving and you speak and ask for
animals?” and I can tell you with certainty that it is
these people that have given to neither.
On the 15 February 2016 an event was held at the
Presidential palace to honor individuals for their
contribution to society and Mary Anastasi was honored in
this instance for her philanthropic contribution to the
Elpida Foundation for children and teenagers with cancer and
I have known Mary for a few years now and we met through our
activities in animal rights. Before the creation of
Cyprus Voice for Animals, Mary set up an educational
organization for the promotion of animal welfare and armed
with a permit from the Ministry of Education, has lectured
in schools all over the island. Mary was also
instrumental in the preparation of many animal welfare
guidelines for government departments.
CVA Conference with Veterinary Services – 16/02/2016
Cyprus Voice for Animals had requested a meeting with
Veterinary officials to discuss various pending issues, 16
to be exact. These problems needed to be clarified and
revisions to the Animal Welfare Law proposed. These
1. Investigating complaints of animal neglect/abuse
Dog Welfare Form – this form was prepared in 2005 by
CVA and accepted by the Veterinary authorities to be
used by their inspectors when investigating animal
complaints. It has been noticed that the
inspectors do not use the form and instead use their
discretion which is unacceptable as each individual has
a different perspective of animal welfare
Confiscation procedure ( the term “confiscation’
should be removed from the Dog Law as this and animal
living conditions do not come under the domain of the
A Protocol on confiscations to be prepared by CVA in
conjunction with the Veterinary Services and Police.
2. Banned dog breeds – the
Veterinary Services are in favor of removing the banned dog
breeds from the Law but have had no feedback to their
request from the Ministry.
3. Dog attacks in general - The assessment of a
dog breed or a dangerous dog does not come under the
veterinary services domain / responsibilities as this is a
sector of trained dog behaviorists.
4. Electric dog collars - The use of
these is not prohibited by Cyprus Law but we have requested
that the Veterinary Services suggest that the provisions in
the Law for the
use of these collars should be
stricken out and a letter sent to the Trainers Association
of this intent.
5. Muzzles – Protocol to be prepared by CVA
& Veterinary Services as to when muzzling should be
allowed. It was stated that people have used this to
prevent their dogs
from barking and in
many cases the dog was muzzled all day long. This can
only be used when people take their dogs for a walk for its
protection and for the banned
breeds that by Law they
have to be muzzled when walked.
6. Central Dog Register
registration - CVA suggested that private vets be banned
from microchipping if they are not able to electronically
register the chips. It is an easy process
and decisions need to be taken. CVA will prepare a letter to
the Ministry with data of microchipped dogs that have not
7. Canine Association Inspection – Dog shows -
The majority of the dogs that take part in dog shows are not
microchipped or they are microchipped but not registered on
the central register. A
letter has already been sent to the Canine Association on
A suggestion was put
forward by the District Vet Mr. Ioannou that when government
veterinary officers are present at the shows that they check
the entrants for microchip.
This will be requested for the
purposes of a health identity and the Canine Association
will be charged for this service to be provided by the govt.
8. Companies importing microchips – the
importers to advise the Veterinary Services of the numbers
on the packages imported and the names of the vets that they
been sold to.
9. Reinstatement of the cat sterilization
programme - CVA requested the reinstatement of the cat
sterilization programme. A letter will be sent to the
Ministries of Finance
and Agriculture from CVA as well.
10. Traces – CVA has requested that the
Veterinary Services open and review the subject once
again. CVA will prepare a letter and the Vet.Servs.
will request for the
imposition of a reduced amount of €5 for the animal rescue
organizations. They can suggest the use of criteria.
11. Euthanasia – CVA has asked for the
abolition of euthanasia for stray dogs, which is a provision
of the Dog Law. By keeping euthanasia as a form of dog
control, it only
to the recycling of dogs.
12. District Animal Welfare Committees and
their funding - It has been clarified that this fund can be
used for any purposes relating to animal welfare and
for running expenses. Donations can also be made to
the fund and the donator will be eligible for tax exemption.
13. Poison flyer – Pancyprian Coordinating
Committee - The Pancyprian Coordinating Committee had
prepared this flyer over a year ago and the police have now
for the use of their logo
on the flyer. In the meantime this flyer has
been in use in various incidences where poisoning has been
reported but now that we have official
copies of the flyer will be printed and distributed
14. Pounds - CVA has requested that the VS
inform us as to which local authorities are operating pounds
for the control of strays and the contact details of the
administrators of these pounds.
15. Caged and chained animals - CVA’s stand is
for the abolition of this barbaric form of restraining
animals and for the compliance of the relevant authorities
provisions of the Law
46(I)/94-2013 which prohibits these practices.
Relevant survey was prepared by CVA on the physical and
mental effects on the health of the
animals which has been
submitted to the VS.
16. Administration Commissioners Annual Report
- CVA suggested that the VS read this report which contains
many negative comments in regard to their service.
17. Animal Control & Welfare Service - CVA
referred to its comprehensive report on the establishment of
this service which has been sent to the relevant government
authorities. The VS were urged to support this
proposal as the establishment of such a service will absolve
all of the relevant authorities of this responsibility.
A file of all the above petitions was handed to the
Veterinary Services by CVA outlining the order of priority
of the subjects.
Aradippou Police Inspector meeting – 19/02/2016
Cyprus Voice for Animals (CVA) delegation, Mary Anastasi,
Stella Stylianou, Dinos Agiomamitis met with police
Inspector Harris Philippides to discuss new evidence that
has come to light on the hell-hole pound in
Aradippou. As the case has already been tried and a
light sentence passed, the purpose of our meeting was (a)
to request how the police’s case was built and if the
photographs were submitted as evidence and (b) to reopen
the case with the new evidence to hand.
Kivisili Council meeting – 24/02/2016
As a member of the District Animal Welfare Committee I was
asked to attend the confiscation of a dog which had been
mutually agreed by the police and the community council
after a year of negotiations with the family to implement
corrective measures, which they failed to do. The
family house was built within the local church grounds, had
no security fencing to contain the dog that was not friendly
to strangers and had to be kept chained up all the
time. Families going to church complained that they
feared in case a child approached the dog and it could
attack. The dog has been moved to a local
council’s pound where it will be kept for up to 30 days and
within that time if the family implements the safety
measures they will regain their dog. The family has many
financial problems and the community council has said that
they will fundraise to purchase the materials necessary for
the family, which is a very nice gesture.
Total No. of dogs at the end of Dec
73 +26 – 14 = 85 Total number of dogs
end of January
cat statistics for January 2016 = 98
Total No. of Cats at the end of
Dec 93 - 1 = 92 Total number of
cats end of January
Ormidhia Primary school visit – 21/01/2016
26 pupils and 2
teachers visited the shelter for the first time and the
children were awed at the site of so many animals.
They brought little food parcel gifts for the animals and
had lots of questions at the end of their tour and as always
the case, they are reluctant to leave the
animals. The best time of all was with the
puppies of course!
Paralimni Pound assessment – 29/01/2016
Following many complaints about the unsuitability of the
kennels and subsequent overcrowding of dogs, I was asked to
accompany the goverment, Veterinary services and
neighbourhood police to assess the conditions and give an
opinion on a proposed new pound.
The veterinary services collating all the information given
by Cyprus Voice for Animals (myself), will put together the
proposal, with guidelines on the construction of a new
Christos Orphanides 25/01/2016
Christos Orphanides is a high ranking member of the Diko
party and following the story of the hell hole pound which
hit the newspapers carrying photos of the atrocities carried
on in there, he asked for a meeting with me as I had
brought the story in the open.
I met Christos at his office and he proclaimed himself to
be an animal lover and was shocked to see the abuse of
animals which is on the rise. He wanted to
collaborate with us so that he could bring our petitions
to the house and press for the changes necessary. He
admitted that there are many facets to animal welfare that
he does not know or understand and this is why he needs us
to give him an insight into what is happening so he knows
what to argue for in the house. The more influential
people we know, the better chance of bringing about the
changes we are striving for.