Greece’s famous ‘riot dog’ dies
Sausage, the ginger mongrel that became famous for appearing at antiausterity protests and barking at riot police at the height of Greece’s debt crisis, had died of a heart attack, local officials said on Thursday.
The stray dog, called Loukanikos, became a media sensation and public darling in 2011 by appearing on the side ofdemonstrators, yelpingatpoliceamid the tear gas and flying petrol bombs.
He was named runner-up for Time magazine’s “Animal of the Year” in 2011, only beaten to the top spot by the army dog that accompanied the US Navy Seal team that took down Osama bin Laden.
“Like all stray animals, Loukanikos reflected the restlessness of Greeks who refuse to bow down,” said Anna Makri, a veterinarian who heads the city’s stray animal service.