Greece’s fa­mous ‘riot dog’ dies

CityPress - - News -

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.

– Reuters

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.