Dog killer Kostas Liapis, a restaurant owner in the village of Nea Stira, in the island of Evia in Greece still goes unpunished three whole years after he deliberately lured a three month old puppy with food and then broke her skull with a wooden chair.
Maggie was one of the millions of strays in Greece
Maggie was one of the millions of strays in Greece. She was only three months old – can you imagine what this means? How young and sweet she was? As all strays here, Maggie had no other choice but to learn how to provide for herself, wandering near the local restaurants and begging for some food.
The night of the murder
On July 17 2014 Maggie was wandering near the restaurant. The owner, Kostas Liapis lured her in with food. Maggie approached, and once she was close enough, he grabbed a chair and hit her in the head. The blow left her in a coma.
he lured her in with food
She was taken to the nearby clinic of Halkida by a volunteer, but the damage was irreparable and Maggie was put to sleep.
Maggie’s murder reached unprecedented publicity for the Greek standards. This is a country where stray dogs are deliberately poisoned, shot and killed every day – one of the reasons why Maggie’s killer did what he did in public was because he thought he was allowed to, but he was mistaken.
Maggie’s murder reached unprecedented publicity for the Greek standards
The murder went viral, protests in front of his restaurant, signs hang by animal lovers calling the place “the dog killer’s tavern” and a mass mobilization in social media, demanding justice for Maggie, forced the authorities to do their freakin’ job.
Kostas Liapis was given a 30.000 euro fine (the annual income of a working class citizen here is four times less), which is the highest fine that can be given to anyone who deliberately causes the death of an animal, according to the law.
the restaurant was closed in October 2014
Despite his efforts to keep his business alive, the restaurant was closed in October 2014 – although rumor has it that he has opened a new restaurant under his wife’s name.
the trial has been postponed about five of six times so far
Haha!! Well, the trial has been postponed about five of six times so far. It’s been three years since the murder and there has been no trial. Eye witnesses drag themselves to court twice a year, just to be informed that there will be no trial. Oops. This is our legal system – it has always been like that.
The trial has been set once again for December 8 2017 – don’t get your hopes up, it will probably be postponed again.
The nice people of the quiet town of Nea Stira
The nice people of the quiet little town (or is it a village? I’m not sure) are – of course – standing by the murderer, offering him all the support he needs. Well, probably not all of them, but I am pretty sure it’s most of them. Even when the mayor himself expressed his disgust for the murder (not that he cared I guess, but public relations forced him to), the villagers kept supporting their neighbor Kostas, with the excuse “it’s just a f@#^ dog, what’s the big deal?”
One of them actually keeps commenting publicly every time there is a new post about Maggie’s case, insisting that “it was just a f@#^ dog” / “it bled and suffered before she died, haha”/”we will keep supporting him (the owner”, we won’t let a couple of crazy animal lover destroy his life over a f@#% dog”.
“it’s just a f@#^ dog, what’s the big deal?”
This is Greece ladies and gentlemen! Welcome!