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Man arrested in Odesa, charged with animal abuse

This is the first precedent that Ukrainian law enforcers detain someone under such charges; the convict is already in custody and has no right for a bail
16:29, 7 August 2018

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The precedent took place in the history of legal practice in Ukraine; a man was arrested under charges of animal abuse. The case is observed in Odessa, southern Ukraine. Ruslan Forostyak, the advisor of the chief of the local police branch posted this on Facebook.

The court elaborated immediately and served the convict with charges; due to its verdict, the convict is already in custody and has no right for a bail.

According to Forostyak, thus, the court granted the request filed by the police. However, the initiative actually belonged to the local community of animal rights activists, who asked the law enforcers to take action, as animal abusers were not duly punished before. 'This (the criminal case, - 112 International) became possible thanks to the pressure applied by animal rights activists and their cooperation with the law enforcers in this area, as well as positions of the local prosecutor's office. I'd like to tell the animal rights activists that we lived up to the promises we gave during the rally near the office of the National Police HQ', he said.

In 2016, animal rights activists protested against the inactivity of law enforcers in this particular field. They brought bodies of poisoned dogs to the office, thus urging the police to boost their efforts to punish dog hunters.

As we reported, over the first six months of the year, the Ukrainian police registered 154 cases under the fact of animal abuse. The majority of those were opened in Kyiv and Sumy region, northern Ukraine; Prosecutor General's Office reported that in the official request filed by UNN news agency.

According to the authority, in June and July, 15 cases were initiated in Kyiv alone; two of those are now closed. Another two of ten cases are closed in Sumy region; the rest are being investigated. In general, 57 cases were closed all over Ukraine during the said period.

Not a single documented case of animal abuse was reported in Khmelnytsky region, central Ukraine; one case was opened in each of the five following regions - Zhytomyr, Luhansk, Chernihiv, Ternopil and Chernivtsi.

Related: Fighting animal abuse in Ukraine: 154 criminal cases registered in January-July 2018

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