CAIRO: Animal rights’ activists organized a protest May 11 in Cleopatra, Alexandria, in front of a person accused of killing six puppies in the street, Youm7 reported.
“The puppies did not harm anybody and everybody used to give them food. A heartless person brought a piece of wood full of metal nails and fatally hit the puppies, in front of the mother he left alive,” a resident of the area said.
“I filed a police report no. 6565 for 2015 against the killer, and I carried the grieved mother to Cairo to be taken care of by the society,” Sherien Mahmoud, a representative for Egyptian Society for Mercy to Animals (ESMA,) told Youm7.
Mahmoud added that the mother dog was named after the street her puppies died in, Cleopatra.
In February 2015, a video of a dog named “Max” being stabbed to death went viral, and the owner spoke on television claiming his dog had defended him. After an investigation was opened into the case authorities found that the owner had tried to use his dog to as protection during a robbery attempt, and bargained the dog’s life after he was caught. The three who killed the dog as well as the owner were sentenced to prison, although the owner remains at large.
Earlier in August, pictures of a furless bony dog brutally killed also received backlash from Egyptians on social networks. It was killed with batons in one of Cairo’s most expensive gated communities, Madinaty.
In Jan. 2013, about 1,757 stray dogs and 518 stray cats were killed when a campaign was organized against stray animals in Suez, according to the Occupy for Animals organization.
Stray dogs and cats in Egypt are numerous, especially in Cairo, but are not typically mistreated or attacked by residents. According to the Islamic Hadith, one of the companions of the Prophet Mohamed, Abd ash-Shams, even became known as Abu Hurairah (Father of the Kitten) because he kept and cared for a pet cat.