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Reporting Cruelty and Animal Abuse in Cyprus
INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO MAKE A COMPLAINT OR GIVE STATEMENTS CONCERNING CRUELTY AND ANIMAL ABUSE IN CYPRUS
According to the legislation which provides for the protection and safeguarding the health and welfare of animals 46 (I) 94 complaints should be reported to the Competent Authority which is the Director of Veterinary Services and any State Veterinary Officer or any police station or both.
According to the Dog Law 184 (I) 2002 complaints should be reported to the competent authority and in this case are the Municipalities and Communities or police or both.
Complaints can also be made at the District Animal Welfare Committee where usually the District Veterinary Officer is the Chairman. Members of those committees are representatives of NGOs (Non-government Organisations).
When you become aware that you suspect animal abuse, and depending on the severity of the case then what you need to do first is direct complaints to the competent authorities namely the Provincial Veterinary (animal welfare), the District Committee or police or both. Always keep records and information to whom you communicate with, name, telephone number, rank etc, and all relevant information related to your complaint, what steps are taken towards the case, when and what time you talked with the responsible officer/person. Make sure (if your asked to) to be ready to give your details.
Below we’re pleased to make available details of the Competent Authorities when you become aware of any mistreatment of animals (pets, livestock, exotic animals, slaughterhouses, zoos, pet shops etc.)
ANIMAL WELFARE LAW 46 (I) 94
COMPETENT AUTHORITY (VETERINARY SERVICES)
NICOSIA – District Veterinary
TEL. (+357) 22 805 240 / 1, Fax: (+357) 22 805 174. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
LIMASSOL – District Veterinary
TEL. (+357) 25 819 512 / 1, Fax: (+357) 25 306 544. E-mail: email@example.com
LARNACA – District Veterinary
TEL. (+357) 24 821 275 / 6, Fax: (+357) 24 304 270. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
AMMOCHOSTOS – District Veterinary
TEL. (+357) 24 824 555, Fax: (+357) 24 722 811. E-mail: email@example.com
PAPHOS – District Veterinary
TEL. (+357) 26 821 260, Fax: (+357) 26 306 198. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
NICOSIA – HEADQUARTERS AND PROTECTION OF ANIMAL WELFARE
TEL. (+357) 22 805 253 / 236/250, Fax: (+357) 22 805 176. E-mail: email@example.com
DOG LAW 184(Ι) 2002
COMPETENT AUTHORITY – MUNICIPALITIES / COMMUNITIES
Complaints concerning the basis of the above legislation should be made to local municipalities and communities, police or both.
Always remember to ask the competent person who is authorized to handle animal welfare issues and complaints from the public.
COMPLAINTS AND REPORTS OF CRUELTY CASES TO CYPRUS POLICE
Complaints of mistreatment can be made to any police station. Always remember to keep all details and information relating to the whole process such as the name of the police officer, who took your statement (or refused to do so).
Below is a link to the official Cyprus police website in English:
Cyprus Police Website
Kindly note that their website is in Greek & English. To find out the police station in cities or villages you need to use the left hand menu and click on ‘District Departments’ and click on your district for a list of phone numbers.
If finding the right information from the Cyprus police website is too difficult then call (+357) 22 808 040, 808080 and ask the operator to connect you directly with your area police station.