Προγραμματισμένη συνάντηση έγινε σήμερα με τον Γενικό Αστυνομικό Περιφερειακό Διευθυντή Κρήτης Στρατηγό Αντώνη Ρουτζάκη μετά από σχετικό αίτημά μας.Στην συνάντηση συμμετείχαν τα στελέχη της ΕΛ.ΑΣ Χανίων κύριοι Γ.Μαστραντωνάκης και Ανδρέας Καλατζάκης, η Ηρώ Λαβεντζάκη ως εκπρόσωπος του φιλοζωϊκού συλλόγου Χανίων “Η Προστασία των Ζώων” και η Νατάσα Μπομπολάκη από την Ομοσπονδία.
Στην κα Εισαγγελέα τέθηκε το ζήτημα, ότι κατά την επικοινωνία των αστυνομικών με τον Εισαγγελέα Υπηρεσίας μετά την σύλληψη κάποιου για κακοποίηση ζώων η συνήθης εισαγγελική εντολή είναι να αφεθεί ελεύθερος ο κατηγορούμενος με αποτέλεσμα τις περισσότερες φορές να ορίζεται τακτική δικάσιμος και η υπόθεση να εκδικάζεται μετά από 4 και 5 χρόνια και ως εκ τούτου να χάνεται ο παιδευτικός χαρακτήρας και η σημασία του αυτόφωρου αλλά και να ακυρώνεται στη πράξη η προσπάθεια των Αστυνομικών.
A few days ago, a meeting was held with Director of General Police Directorate of Crete Mr. Antonios Routzakis further to a request on PFPO’s part. The meeting was attended by senior police officers in Charia Mr. G. Mastrantonakis and A. Kalantzakis, Mrs. Iro Laventzakis as representative of Chania Animal Welfare Society “Animal Protection” and PFPO’s president Mrs. Natassa Bobolaki.
Mrs. Laventzakis and Mrs. Bobolaki raised issues related to malfunction regarding complaints-handling by police officers of police departments in Chania, Apokoronas and Kandanos, on animal abuse cases.
It was stressed the need of comprehensive implementation of administrative and criminal law while photos prove that there is a lack of law enforcement. Moreover, statistics by Mr. Routzanis indicate that extremely few administrative fines for infringement of legislation have been imposed by Police Directorate of Chania in 2019. Police Directorate of Heraklion and Police Directorate of Lasithi have a better performance on handling animal abuse cases compared with Police Directorate of Rethymno.
Also, it was emphasized that police officers ignore the existing legislation on passive animal abuse. Although, numerous incidents of passive animal abuse have been recorded with photos available, police officers of Chania Police Department claim that everything is fine.
It was requested that a seminar is attended by police officers of those three police departments. Mr. Routzakis agreed, so the seminar will be attended by PFPO’s executives and conducted by a joint task force led by Mr. Chryssakis. The date of this seminar will be specified in the first 10 days of March.
Also, it was mentioned that quite often abused animals are victims of indifferent police officers who do not co-operate with citizens and members of animal welfare societies. This situation takes us back 10 years when Hellenic police was totally indifferent to animal cruelty.
Among other issues, animal massive poisoning was also discussed. It is surprising that no one has been arrested for this crime over the years!
Mr. Routzakis told his colleagues that it is the last time that he receives complaints about them. He asked them to inform staff that from now on it will be subject to disciplinary penalties.
He also asked us to be the only one informed on complaints, until there is an improvement over the current situation.
Finally, it was stressed that police officers of Kissamos and Platania police departments as well as many police officers of riot police unit enforce the animal law.
We hope that things will change for the better without any further intervention of us.
On February the 17th, a meeting was held at PFPO’s initiative between the Chief of Chania Public Prosecutor’s Office Mrs. Maria Koukaki and Mrs. Natassa Bobolaki and Mrs. Natassa Tzanakakis, on behalf of PFPO.
PFPO’s representatives made known to Mrs. Koukakis that a citizen arrested for animal abuse is often set free by Prosecutor’s order after police officers have contacted the District Attorney. As a result, a trial date is set and the case is examined by the court after 4-5 years. Thus, flagrante delicto becomes meaningless and the effort of police officers is cancelled out.
Animal Welfare Association “Animal Protection”
Panhellenic Animal Welfare and Environmental Federation