Burnt Alive, Poisoned And Tortured – Take Action For Zante Stray Dogs

Burnt, poisoned, tortured, decimated… Can you really grasp the meaning of those words? Language is an amazing thing, able to capture meanings, feelings and events too complicated, and yet, the actual “essence” of some events seems to be bubbling over the word itself.

A couple of syllables spoken or written down just don’t do justice to what they represent sometimes. How can “burnt alive” do justice to the feeling of being tied up and set on fire? How can “tortured” do justice to the agony and the pain of an animal who suffers for a reason it will never comprehend, in the hands of a human – the only species it sees as one of its own.


Two days ago, on June 3 2017, in one of Greece’s most touristic and beautiful islands, a number of stray dogs were tortured, poisoned and some even burnt alive. The photos are so horrific that the island’s charity hesitated to post most of them.

Some of the stray dogs in the bus station that were killed on June 3

Happy strays, living in the bus station outside Zante town suffered, simply because someone was capable of doing it. I keep posting about similar stories, and people wonder why are there so many sick people living in Greece, but the truth is that the number of sick and evil people living here is not bigger than anywhere else in the world.


One of the problems is that the strays are too many here, so sick people have easy access to them. And the main problem is actually the impunity of those acts. The Greek system is so corrupt, so ill-organized and so poor, that even the ones in charge don’t even know what to do in similar cases. They don’t know if they are supposed to investigate, they don’t know how to investigate and they do not realize what these incidents mean for the general image they try to project about their “hospitable” hometowns.


7 dogs were brutally killed in the island of Zante. Some were poisoned, some were burnt alive and others were tortured to death. The police were called – but you know what this really means: nothing. I am not sure what is the best way to pressure Greece to take action, but if you want to demand justice for the 7 dogs of Zante, you can sign the petition, and ask that the mayor investigates the murders.

You may have seen this- it’s Zante’s best beach and one of the top beaches worldwide.

Maybe if the request comes from foreigners, it will be a bit more respected. Maybe if it comes from potential tourists appalled by the atrocities committed in the “beautiful” island they intend visiting, it will be heard. Or maybe there is no hope, but at least we need to keep trying.

You can donate to the local charity here.

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7 thoughts on “Burnt Alive, Poisoned And Tortured – Take Action For Zante Stray Dogs”

  1. Your island really needs to clean up its act in the way that animals are mistreated. Its appalling to hear so much cruelty that is going on. I am shocked that there seems to be little regard for these innocent creatures. Please do something to educate and bring those to justice that commit cruelty towards animals

    1. Oh we try.. We always try to educate, but it is ALL based on volunteer work – and volunteers have very limited time.. 🙁

  2. Hey, wanna know what to do to make it stop? For every well-cared for pet (let’s include the donkeys) Greece gets 100 Euros from the big “let’s save Greece” pot (I mean, five million strays…) and for every abused, abandoned, tortured and murdered pet, 200 Euros less….
    (just joking)
    I really don’t know what to say….
    Feel hugged!

    1. Haha!! Thank you! (for the hug). I think one way to make it stop is to go around neutering pet dogs (and cats) for free, with the only requirement that the animals are microchipped and registered on the spot. Most strays come from the ridiculous amount of abandoned litters of puppies and kittens, especially in rural Greece.

  3. Why can’t the animal organizations start handing out or posting pictures of these atrocities for tourists to see? Perhaps the image of “what a friendly nation” might be overturned and will touch the Greeks where it hurts most, tourism = money in their pockets!

    1. This is exactly what I have thought so many times, especially when it comes to Nafpaktos. Go to the beach, cafés, restaurants and distribute pictures.

    2. Oh because they live in the communities, and they will have problems with the locals. Some of them work in the tourist industry too. And basically, active volunteers are always so busy, that they have limited time to campaign. Between choosing to spend time on a dog rescue and campaigning against…everything, they usually choose to rescue.

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