Today I’d like to introduce the latest ‘chicken dog’, this time found in the middle of the ‘lockdown’.
‘Chicken dog’ because these dogs are tethered or locked up in remote chicken coops in the rather unsafe hope of deterring chicken thieves, strays or other predators.
Of course, for the most part, these ‘chicken dogs’ are not legally registered with a chip and vaccination record, nor do they receive regular exercise or adequate companionship – except for the chickens. In practice, they remain there until their (usually quite rapid) demise and are then immediately replaced by a new fellow sufferer, although this has now been prohibited for some time.
Since it is considered ‘animal abuse’ according to the Greek Animal Welfare Law, if a dog is tied up permanently or outside the village or residential house in the ‘nowhere’ and also a regular registration (chip, vaccination certificate from the vet) almost certainly did not take place, the facts were reported to the police in Aghios Nikolaos:
TO: THE CHIEF DIRECTOR OF AGIOS NIKOLAOS POLICE
Commander Mr. Stavro Spanoudakis
Subject: Passive dog abuse
I found a barking and for some time chained and most likely permanently ‘chicken dog’ a short
distance outside Neapoli in ‘no-where’ close to the old national road to Agios Nikolaos (see pics in
Please follow your own actions.
Thank you for the prompt response of the Police Department and its head, Mr. Spanoudakis, for initiating the investigation and criminal proceedings.
On March 19, 2021, the dog (see picture on the right) was still in its position. This is not unusual, however, as the procedure usually takes two to three weeks unless the situation is life-threatening for the dog.
As of March 28, 2021, the situation for the chicken dog still appears unchanged (see photo at left).
This is the chicken dog on April 5, 2021 – still unchanged situation.
Situation of the chicken dog on April 13, 2021 again still unchanged.
Still the same, April 22, 2021 – but the length of the chain seems to be increased.
Due to the Orthodox Easter with simultaneous heat wave, checking of the chicken dog was not possible until May 6, 2021. The dog is still unchanged in its place, chained among the chickens.
The left photo is with flash and date/time marking, but unfortunately out of focus, while the right photo was taken at the same time without flash and unfortunately without marking stamp.
Despite inquiry and reminder with the police on May 7 the chicken dog is still chained in the chicken enclosure on May 20, 2021. The owner seems to ignore the warnings by the police or brings up other excuses, so that until a hearing in court, new charges have to be initiated again and again. Perseverance and patience are therefore required in these cases.
And here’s the chicken dog on May 26, 2021 – just for the record and as a refresher, because of course nothing has changed.
Persistence seems to possibly pay off, because there is progress on June 1, 2021: The chicken dog is not chained today and runs around freely in the entire enclosure, but instead numerous chickens and even ducks sit on the trees. Let’s see how this continues ….
On June 10, 2021, unfortunately, the chicken dog was again chained in the enclosure.
Further developments will be monitored and updates added to this report.