In the wake of a spate of brutal attacks on animals, in particular stray dogs, Supreme Court prosecutor Efterpi Koutzamani on Monday sent a circular to prosecutors across the country, asking them to act swiftly to stop abuse when it is reported and to bring offenders to justice.

In her note, which was also copied to police precincts, Koutzamani asked the authorities to enforce existing legislation designed to avert abuse and exploitation of animals and to proceed with the “exemplary punishment” of those found guilty of such acts.

The initiative follows a series of reports of dogs, cats and other animals being burned, shot or tortured in different parts of Greece.