A Patras pensioner was cleared in court yesterday of creating a public health hazard by feeding stray dogs. He was arrested for this two months ago. Dozens of animal lovers and members of animal welfare groups cheered as the Patras misdemeanors court acquitted Giorgios Karousos, 76. Among the pensioner’s supporters was Patras Mayor Andreas Karavolas, who promised to assist Karousos in his ministering to the northwestern Peloponnesian port city’s strays. «Giorgos Karousos has taken a strong personal interest in stray care, and the municipal authorities back his efforts, which have impressed us all,» the mayor said. Karousos was arrested in July after police received a complaint that some of the 8-10 dogs the pensioner regularly fed had attacked and injured a passer-by. He was also accused of setting up an illicit dog shelter.