Greece's riot dog Loukanikos dies Loukanikos, the valiant dog who faced down Greek riot police during the height of the eurozone crisis, has died

Sad news from Greece – Loukanikos, the valiant dog
who faced down Greek riot police during the height of the eurozone
crisis, has died.

Greek media report that Loukanikos (Greek for sausage) passed away peacefully, having retired from protests in 2012.



Loukanikos began hitting the headlines in 2010, when the stray hound
began appearing in the front line of anti-austerity protests.

damomac.wordpress.com/2014/10/09/loukanikos-greeces-famous-r that Loukanikos suffered from his years on the front line.



According to Avgi journalist Petros Katsakos, the dog’s health
was adversely affected by tear gas and from being kicked from police,
forcing him to “retire” from active protest about two years ago.
“He was on the couch sleeping, when suddenly his heart stopped beating,” Loukanikos’ carer told Avgi.


At the height of his fame, Loukanikos even feature in Time Magazine’s review of 2011 (content.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,2102191_2327694,0).




Loukanikos
‘retired’ in autumn 2012, around the time that the eurozone crisis was
easing. He swapped tear gas and riot shields for a gentler life with an
Athens family, who offeredhttp://www.keeptalkinggreece.com/2012/09/18/athens-riot-dog-loukanikos-protester-career-is-over/.
the Guardian

www.theguardian.com/business/2014/oct/09/greece-riot-dog-lou

RIP Brave dog!!!!!