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Reporting dog owner

Reporting a dog owner.
Measures against the owners of chain dogs in Crete, their warning and reporting to the police with the criminal consequences.

chained under clearly illegal circumstances
Two dogs chained under clearly illegal circumstances.

To Part I: Chain dogs legal ?.

Measures against owners of chain dogs

To maintain the pressure on the owners of these chain dogs.

(A) to report these with the form at Animal Welfare Report with photos and exact coordinates (e.g. from Google Map) (or on Animal Welfare Report Crete) or by e-mail with all required information as attachment to

to make the situation public, which often leads to a reaction of the responsible authorities. Additional, thanks to existing contacts with the police commands of the prefecture of Chania and the administrative district of Aghios Nikolaus, reports from this areas can usually be forwarded immediately to the police.

 chain dog vegetating in the sun
A chain dog vegetating in the sun despite injuries is a clear advance of the animal protection law.
(B) and, in obvious or urgent cases, immediately report to the nearest police station (call 100 in emergencies).

For the region of Agios Nikolaos:
Report to the police Address: Erithrou Stavrou 47, Ag. Nikolaos 721 00, Greece
Hours: Open 24 hours
Phone: +30 2841 091413
you can do this reporting without giving your name (anonymous report). The police must act it is their duty according to law.


Basically it is better to do something once too much than – as unfortunately most people do – nothing at all and just watch.

On the Greek island of Lesbos there is even a ‘dog police‘ which you can contact here or via Facebook Canilos.

Only constant pressure on the owners will change the situation for chain dogs !

Part I: Warning the owner:

If you want to inform the owner of the chain dog about his duties, you can print the following document in Greek language (4 pages) and attach it to the place of the dog:

Information for owners of chain dogs
In the case of pitifully accommodated chain dogs, a caution attached to the warning papers about duties and sequences for the keeper.

Requirements for the treatment of dogs (4 pages)

The text informs roughly in English:
Animal Welfare Protocol Under Law 4039/2012 & 4235/14 constitute an offense as set forth below. (fines of 5,000-30,000 euros and imprisonment from 1 to 5 years) Violations of the law also impose administrative fines, paid directly (Article 46 of Law 4235/14), and are now confirmed by the police. We cite them as a PROTECTION PROTOCOL, which consists of all the rules that humans must apply to ALL animals, regarding their protection and welfare so that they do not suffer and generally suffer from respect for their existence. 1) Administration appropriate for the type of food and water. No skeletal and dehydrated animals may be present. It is totally inappropriate to give food as a food. The water that the animal drinks should be clean (not moldy and green). In the summer it is forbidden to leave them without water, even for one day. Food and water utensils must be clean. 2) Stay in a dry, clean, protected from the weather conditions without being permanently tied and living in inappropriate accommodation (metal structures – tanks – barrels). Animals in barrels, tanks or other rough and inadequate structures that do not provide weather protection to animals of any kind shall be prohibited. The complete lack of accommodation and the exposure of animals to the mercy of the weather are prohibited. There is no prohibition on animals stranded in snow, or at the mercy of rains, thunderstorms and heatwaves. The accommodation itself must be protected from the adverse weather conditions above. It must be comfortable, healthy, adapted to the animal’s natural way of life. Permanent tying is prohibited. Pets are not allowed to live in cages permanently. It is necessary to clean the place where the animal lives from the feces. Compulsory daily exercise (walking) – with regard to dogs in particular – is mandatory for the health and well-being of the animal. As long as the animal – dog, sheep, goat, equine – etc is tied, the strap should be at least 6 meters long in order to indirectly observe the law of natural movement and training. Violation of the above rules involves torture, abuse and possible killing. Once the animal has been removed from the point where the complaint was made, the guardian is obliged to show the Police the new location in order to check his new welfare conditions, otherwise he is prosecuted for abandonment (administrative and criminal prosecution-Law 4235/14). 47) 3) Care for medical care. Compulsory vaccination of dogs and cats and other animals where the law states it and provision of a guardian with a health booklet stating the latest vaccinations and parasites with reference to the specific marking code of the marking animal (microchip) sufficiently veterinarian. Animals without skin diseases (scabies, wounds, inflammation etc.) and without ectoparasites (ticks, fleas) 4) Abandonment of animals (Article 47 of Law 4235/14) e) Prohibition of torture, abuse, maltreatment and cruel treatment poisoning, hanging, choking, burning, crushing and mutilating. Ear and tail trimming as well as nail removal are considered amputation. The breeding, training, sale without the relevant licenses and the participation of animals in any kind of duel shall be prohibited. 5) Pets are not allowed to stay permanently on balconies, terraces, open-air apartments and public apartment buildings. Exceptionally they are permitted in the flats and in the garden of the apartment block provided there is a unanimous decision by the apartment owners (GM decision) 6) It is forbidden to kill mammals in slaughterhouses, privately and communally, without preceding bleeding immediately stunned (n. 1197). / 81). 7) Feeding stray animals is by no means prohibited. There is a corresponding acquittal by the Patras Court of First Instance (12/9/2003) for a person who has been charged with this matter. On the contrary, it is enforced by national legislation that protects animal welfare. (& Supreme Court Circular 1 / 8.4.13) Of course, care must be taken to clean the premises where animals are fed. In addition, Article 42 of Law 4235/14 clearly states that feeding is permissible by citizens. 8) Uncontrolled births are prohibited by Law 4039/2012 9) Law 2017/92 on the ratification of the European Convention on Pet Animals: Article 3 (1) ‘No one should unnecessarily cause a pet animal to suffer, suffer or suffer . Article 4 (2) (b) “Every person who has a pet must provide him with appropriate exercise opportunities”. KTEL: Animals are only allowed in the passenger compartment up to 10 kg in a transfer box. BEACHES: Dogs with a leash and a health booklet are allowed everywhere on the beaches. Within the Sea only if the bathers have no problem.

Part II: Threaten the owner:

Beware of owners of chain dogs
Unfortunately mostly true: Beware of owners of chain dogs !

To threaten the owner with a report to the police, there is another document. For this measure you would have to be on the spot for some time – or you would have to put everything up immediately (with the threat of the police report).
If there is no improvement on the site a few weeks later after the pre-warning above, you should attach Part II:

Warning and punishment

If there is still no reaction from the owner some time later, you should call the police.
If you are not there long enough and/or the situation is self-evident for a report, you could inform the police immediately.

But there is also the possibility to inform the Greek Ministry of Tourism about all maltreated or poorly kept animals. Fill out the official complaint form (because of ‘Animals Treatment’) and send the complaint to the Greek Ministry of Tourism, preferably together with photos and the exact location.

By e-mail:
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]

Mailing address:
The Greek Tourism Organization (EOT)
Dept of Complaints and Consumer Protection An. Tsocha 24 & Soutsou
11521 Athens

or contact the G.T.O page on Facebook here:
or twitter

Reporting to the police

If the measures described above are unsuccessful or not possible, report the matter to a nearby police station. If there is a larger city or town nearby, report it there, as the chances of success and police officers’ knowledge about the details and foreign language skills are better there.

For the report you should present photos or videos of the condition and keeping of the dog – if possible over the entire observation period and with date and time on it – and be able to indicate the exact place – best with coordinates, e.g. from Google Maps. Make sure that there are no persons, house numbers or street names on the pictures, as this may violate data protection regulations and personal rights.

Google Map Coordinates
Google Map Coordinates: The browser link of the position can be copied (bordered in red) and the coordinates of the marked position on the map are displayed in the upper left corner (bordered in purple).

At the police station, show a copy of the Greek government’s order, which instructs the police to record and investigate such complaints, as well as to provide written proof of the measures taken. (an English version is available here)

To file charges at the police (take photos or video with you) in case of violations against the Greek animal protection law is not the usual ‘ad fee’ due! The police have to prosecute offenses against animals ex officio!
The police should not disclose the personal details of the person who made the complaint. However, to be on the safe side, it is advisable to point out that the holder is aggressive.

photo of the evidence
Here, the time and date of the photo of the evidence are clearly visible in the lower right corner.

Please remain courteous, but persistently, against government officials or the police. Insults or the use of abuse are a criminal offense in Greece, which can lead to immediate arrest, especially in the case of unpopular concerns. Therefore, always remain friendly and polite, no matter how hard this is.

If the police does not support or obstruct your cause, you will receive support from the PFPO organisation. Please contact the contacts listed in this PFPO brochure.


animal abuse
The animal abuse, passive or active heavy criminal offense … Learn what awaits you … 1-5 years imprisonment and a fine up to € 15,000; Law 4039/12

Criminal proceedings in Greece unfortunately take many years and considerably longer than in Germany or Great Britain.
The police, however, impose immediate fines if violations of the Animal Welfare Act are found on the spot after the case has been reported. In the case of serious infringements or emergencies (e.g. sick or injured animals) these can also be taken away immediately and then adopted.

The punishments are among other things (the individual amounts are subject however to constant adjustments):

  • Absence of a certificate for electronic identification/chip: €300.
  • Absence of the microchip and registration of the holder: €300.
  • Infringement of animal welfare rules or refusal by the veterinarian: €300.
  • Exposure of pets: €300
  • No metal stamp with vaccination date on animal: €100
  • No cleaning of the environment of the animal from excrement: €100.
  • Lack of animal passport or health book or violation of animal welfare rules: €300.
  • Continuation of the journey after an animal has been approached on the road: €300.
  • Cruelty to animals or abuse: €30,000
Happy ex-barrel dogs
Two of the chain dogs previously seen in the pictures were rescued by an attentive animal lover and now live happily at his home.

Legally binding penalties – which unfortunately can last – can also lead to the removal of the animal and more serious offenses to imprisonment. If, for example, an animal cruelty is reported, documented and the offender can be seized quickly, the person who reports the offense can apply for immediate arrest.

Update: On November 5, 2020, the Greek Parliament adopted a new draft law with increased penalties: Serious animal abuse is now a crime punishable by a maximum prison sentence of 10 years. Under the new rules, persons who mistreat animals must also pay a fine of between 5,000 and 15,000 euros. The minimum prison sentence will be one year.
Penalties have also been increased for other forms of animal abuse, such as abandoning pets and a number of acts that affect the welfare of animals. This law defines abuse as poisoning, hanging, burning or mutilating of animals.

The February 2021 bill also makes pet abuse punishable by more severe fines, and laws against such abuse now include acts such as abandonment, shooting, intentional injury, and poisoning.
Existing fines for serious misdemeanors will also be increased under the new bill.
A new national pet registry will be introduced in Greece, where all pets – both owned and stray – must be registered, including animals given up for adoption. Animal welfare associations, veterinarians, breeders and animal shelters must also register.

The criminal records of people convicted of animal cruelty are now entered into a database managed by the Athens Prosecutor’s Office. It will be cross-checked with the pet registry, so that in the future these individuals will no longer be able to register as pet owners.

To encourage owners to take better care of their pets, the bill introduces incentives through municipalities, such as reducing municipal taxes by up to 10 percent.

Adoption of a chain dog:
If the owner does not pay the fine imposed by the police on time or wants to avoid this fine in advance, the dog can optionally be taken over by a private person or animal welfare organization and passed on for adoption.

Disclaimer: Since I am not a lawyer, the previous explanations are the result of my personal research, opinion and my own experiences. It is not legal advice.

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