Greek man suspected of throwing kitten overboard

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities on Monday arrested a man suspected of luring a kitten with food to a restaurant where he was dining and then throwing it into the sea, the police minister said from the country.

Minister Takis Theodorikakos said he was shocked by the incident, which sparked outrage in Greek social media on Sunday after a video of it was posted online, apparently by one of the dining companions of the suspect.

“Violence against animals is unacceptable,” Theodorikakos said in a Facebook post. “I cordially congratulate those who brought the matter to the attention of the public.”

The video showed three people dining outside at a seaside restaurant in a village on the island of Evia in central Greece. Two kittens approached, asking for food. One of the group hung a small fish in front of one of the kittens, enticing it to come closer, and when he did, he tossed it into the shallow waters below – as a woman was heard laughing. The second kitten escaped.

Greek media said locals took the kitten to a veterinarian for examination and said he was unharmed.

If charged and convicted of animal abuse, the suspect faces up to 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of 50,000 euros ($52,000).