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Man convicted after stray shooting spree

A Piraeus man was sentenced yesterday to two years’ and nine months’ imprisonment for killing four stray dogs during a shooting spree early on Thursday. Antonis Papadopoulos, 57, was arrested after residents in the Aghios Ioannis Rendis area of Piraeus, where the shootings took place, called the police. When confronted by officers, Papadopoulos got into his car and fired twice in the air with an unlicensed shotgun before driving away. He was arrested on Pireos Street in Moschato after a brief scuffle during which he broke the window of a patrol car. The court found him guilty of killing animals, destroying property, unlawful possession and use of a weapon, and resisting arrest. He was also fined 900 euros. Papadopoulos appealed his sentenced and was released. Last week the government unveiled plans aimed at removing stray dogs from city streets.