The Greek police minister announced that authorities in his country have arrested a man suspected of luring a cat into food at a restaurant where he was eating, and when it occurred to him, he kicked it and threw it into the sea.
Minister Takis Theodorikakos expressed his shock at the incident, which sparked outrage among Greeks on social media last Sunday, after a video clip of the accident was posted online, apparently by one of the suspects’ escorts.
“Violence against animals is unacceptable,” Theodoricakos said in a Facebook post. I congratulate those who brought this issue to the attention of the public.”
The video showed three people eating at a beachside restaurant in a town on the island of Evia in central Greece. Two cats approached. One of the group members showed a small fish in front of one of the kittens, prompting her to approach him, and when she got close, she kicked it and dropped it into the shallows of the sea, and the second cat fled .
Greek media said locals had taken the victim to a vet for examination.
If charged and convicted of animal cruelty, the suspect faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to 50,000 euros ($52,000).