Italian politicians have promised tougher punishments for those who harm animals after the death of Kaos, a rescue dog hailed as a hero.

There have been calls for tougher punishments for those who harm and kill animals in Italy after a hero rescue dog was found poisoned.
Kaos, a German shepherd, was hailed a hero after he and his owner helped rescue survivors trapped beneath rubble of the Amatrice earthquake in 2016.
Kaos and Ettore were among those who worked for several weeks to assist rescue workers after the disaster, in which 230 people were killed.

Ettore found Kaos dead in the garden of their home in L’Aquila. In a heartfelt message which has been shared more than 67,000 times on Facebook, Ettore said the death of his “loyal friend” had left “an unbridgeable void”…

“I have no words,” he said. “I can’t understand such a horrible act. He was alive at least until two o’clock in the morning, as I heard him bark.”
Animal rights activists condemned the killer as a “dangerous criminal” and called for more severe penalties against those who harm animals.

“They killed the hero who, together with rescuers, dug with his four paws during those dramatic hours to find survivors,” said Rinaldo Sidoli, manager for Animalisti Italiani. “Kaos saved humans, and those same humans poisoned him.”