The Supreme Court of Greece issued a stern warning against animal cruelty, urging prosecutors around the country to step in, whenever they become aware of such incidents.

The deputy prosecutor of the highest court of Greece, Vassilis Pliotas came forward with the instructions, referring his colleagues to the relevant legislation of 2013 and 2014, dealing with issues of animal abuse and torture as well as financial exploitation.

The warning came after a wave of complaint coming through to the authorities by citizens pointing out cases of poisoning, hanging, dismemberment, and other acts of violence against animals.

The head prosecutor urged authorities to proceed with arresting perpetrators according to standard procedure and make sure that they are held accountable for their actions, especially in cases in which the same people repeatedly perform the same actions.