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Greek Teen Girl Fined 5,000 Euros for Kicking Cat, Shown Online

September 11, 2022

ATHENS – Under stricter penalties for animal abuse after a number of incidents, a 15-year-old girl from Rethymno, Crete, was fined 5,000 euros ($5076.25) for viciously kicking a cat, which was caught by video and posted online.

The incident took place in a school yard in the district of Tsesme, where the teen was meeting with friends, said the state-run broadcaster ERT. The video shows two girls, one of which approaches a cat, pretending to want to pet it and then kicks it hard. The video was shot by a cousin, the report said.

The local animal welfare group Noiazomai said it got a message from a citizen reporting the abuse and showing the video, which it told police about abt sent the recording to the Electronic Crime Directorate.

The video also was shown on social media, said Kathimerini, with a report that the teen, who wasn’t named, appeared at the local police station with her father to testify and a juveniles’ prosecutor took over the case.

It might not be an isolated instance, the report said, adding that police indicated there might be more videos of animal abuse with Noiazomai’ claiming the girl has  repeatedly shown abusive behavior toward animals.

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