Have you found an injured dog or cat?

R.L. Aug. 3, 2022, no. 15. Regulations for the protection of animals and prevention of stray animals. (G.U.R. Aug. 5, 2022, No. 35 – S.O. No. 33)

Art. 19. Field collection and population control of stray dogs.

1. Any person who finds a stray animal shall report it to the municipal offices, which shall arrange for its removal from the territory and transport to public health facilities or under agreement

For the recovery of traumatized dogs and cats, the competence lies with the municipality, and the report from the citizen must be forwarded to the competent Municipal Police Command, which will activate the recovery procedure.

And if the Municipal Police responds to you by saying, “That is not within our jurisdiction,” know that:

Article 328 c.p. in the first paragraph punishes the public official or the person in charge of a public service, who unduly refuses an act of his office which, for reasons of justice or public safety, or public order or hygiene and health, must be performed without delay.

Always ask your caller on the phone to qualify (Last Name and Rank) and in case of failure or refusal to take action, immediately report to the Carabinieri, State Police or directly to the Public Prosecutor’s Office.

Failure to perform official acts is punishable by imprisonment of up to one year or a fine of up to 1,032 euros.