You may report to us any instance of abuse, cruelty or neglect of an animal that you encounter while in Greece, either while you are in Greece or, if you are only visiting, once you have returned home. However, we are unlikely to be able to take effective action unless you also provide us with supporting evidence.  This may take the form of photographs, a video recording, or a signed witness statement (with a signature that has been verified by a “KEP” (Centre of Service to Citizens) office) or any combination of the above.  The more details you can give us, the more likely it is that we will be in a position  to act.  We would advise you to follow the 4Ws formula… make a note and tell us:  WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE?  And be as comprehensive, precise and specific as possible.  Contact us

Our usual first step would be to contact a local welfare group – if there is one.  There are now over 100 such groups in Greece and we are in touch with many of them.  We would normally pass on the details you have provided to one of these, and ask them to investigate and pursue the matter. 

In cases of mild neglect of an owned animal, the usual approach would be for a representative of the nearest local group to visit the owner and remind him/her of their responsibilities according to the provisions of the law.  The situation would then be monitored and, if no improvement was observed, the local group would probably go on to make an official complaint to the police. 

Serious cases would trigger an immediate report to the police, possibly accompanied by a demand that the animal should be removed from its owner with immediate effect.  Only the police are authorised to do this.  Removals and prosecutions in such cases are gradually becoming more frequent, so it is definitely worth reporting incidents to the local police.

If there is no local group active in the relevant area, we might attempt to pursue the case (especially a serious one where we have good supporting evidence) ourselves.  We would contact the area’s authorities, including the local government vet, the town hall and/or the police – depending on the circumstances.  We would not normally have a member of our own staff available to send out to deal with individual cases of neglect or abuse, although in exceptional circumstances this has happened.

Click here to read the outcome of an animal welfare report made to us in November 2012, regarding a riding stables on Milos.