Dozens of dogs are reported to have died agonizing deaths after eating sieftalies baited with broken glass and razor blades in the Paphos district.
Hunting representatives informed Phileleftheros that the phenomenon was not isolated to a single area but stretched across the entire Paphos district in what seemed like a well-coordinated attempt to target as many hunting dos as possible.
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The baited morsels seem to have been placed in areas open to hunting or training grounds for hunting dogs.
Cases of dogs eating the baited sieftalies are reported from the Lara area to Kathikas and from the outskirts of Paphos all the way up to Panagia.
“Unfortunately we’re not talking about isolated incidents,” said the hunters.
Hunting groups believe that the baited sieftalies are either put out by local communities bordering hunting grounds and who consider hunters as a nuisance or by poachers who see the hunters as a threat to their ‘livelihood’.