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