Facts of cruelty to animals are common in Georgia, especially to dogs. They shoot, kill, torture …
Unfortunately, Article 259 of the Criminal Code of Georgia is a dead article, according to which the torture or cruel treatment of an animal should be punishable. Practically, this law does not investigate properly, identify the culprit, punish him or execute him. Consequently, cruelty to animals goes unpunished in Georgia.
On April 19, 2021, a stray dog in Zugdidi was injured by a firearm. The same thing happened to this dog the next day. There are thousands of sap bullets in his body. A bullet allegedly fired from a pneumatic weapon was also found in the limb. Unfortunately, no one has seen the culprit.
The dog survived, but no one knows so far what his health will be like due to the injuries.
Police were called by a GSPSA representative on the very first day of the dog injury. An investigation has been launched by the Police Investigation Service into the incident. At this stage, we do not have information on whether a criminal case has been initiated. A GSPSA representative transported the dog to a veterinary clinic for first aid and examination.
X-ray examination showed that there were large numbers of saber bullets all over the dog’s body, as well as a bullet allegedly fired from a pneumatic weapon, which is evidence that the animal was shot at close range using a firearm. At the initiative of the GSPSA representative, a veterinary report and X-ray examination material was compiled and formally submitted to the investigation.
“Brillo” or “Loma” were the names given to this kind and beautiful dog. He appeared in one of the districts of Zugdidi a few months before this fact. Brillo was helped by local animal lovers, arranging and constantly delivering food. Brillo is a very kind, warm, and mentally disciplined dog. He does not disturb anyone, neither other animals nor humans.
A criminal offense was committed against Brillo. A person who tries to kill him as much as possible is dangerous not only for the animals but also for society.
The GSPSA hopes that the Ministry of the Interior will determine the identity of the perpetrator, who must be punished according to the law.
“Brillo” is currently sheltered by local volunteers in a protected area. GSPSA will do its utmost to give Brillo a gift abroad and forget about the difficult period of his life in Georgia, where he was beaten, tortured, tortured, killed … However, there are people in Georgia for whom animal welfare and protection are important.
The above cruelty to an animal contains a criminal offense.
Article 259. Torture or cruel treatment of an animal
1. Torture or cruel treatment of an animal which has resulted in its death or mutilation shall be punishable by community service for a term of one hundred and twenty to two hundred and forty hours, imprisonment for a term of six months to one year, a fine or imprisonment for a term of up to one year.
2. The same act committed:
A) in groups;
C) in the presence of a minor – is punished with community service for a term of two hundred to four hours, with house arrest for one to two years, with a fine or imprisonment for a term of up to three years.