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Rights and duties

Canine registry

Each dog must have a microchip for its identification and be registered. Microchipping can be done by your vet or at the local veterinary health authority (as regards Trezzo sull’Adda: Dipartimento di prevenzione veterinaria, Distretto di Melzo ASL Milano 2, person in charge: Marco Sirtori, tel. +39 02 92654866, dipartimentoveterinario@aslmi2.it).
The registration must be done within 15 days after the beginning of the possession or within the second month of life; each change of possession, address or the death of the animal must be reported within 15 days.

The registration of the dog has many advantages for the owner:

  • immediate identification of the owner or keeper of an animal in case of loss;
  • theft deterrent, as an identifiable animal cannot be resold;
  • inhibition of abandonment: the dog bears the name of its owner who, in case of abandonment, would face heavy penalties.

In addition, veterinary bills can be tax deductible.

Pets in condos

To not have problems with other tenants, it is recommended that you and your dog follow the most common rules for good manners and common sense.
Animals can live in a condominium, the possession of animals may be prohibited only if it is explicitly written in the regulation of the condominium, while the other commonholders cannot prohibit it, even if they vote unanimously.
The neighbors usually complain about the barking of dogs. A judgment of the Court of Cassation states that if the dog barks, it is not public nuisance, as long as it does not disturb a lot of people, but only one person.
Anyway, you should prevent your dog from barking all the time, going into the property of your neighbors, fouling where it shouldn't and make sure that its bedding is always clean if it is on a balcony.

Pets in parks and gardens

According to article 22 letter (g) of the Regulations of the Local Police of the Municipality of Trezzo sull'Adda “dogs are not allowed in avenues, gardens and public places, where there are flower beds or trees, if they don’t wear a muzzle or leash; the owners should prevent their dogs from fouling lawns, paths, flower beds”.

Faeces

Pursuant to article 24 of the Regulations of Traffic Police, “when walking dogs in public places, the owners must pick up their faeces by means of poop scoops and bags and place them in baskets or in special containers“. Dispensers of poop scoops are placed in the following points: via Angelo Biffi, via XI Febbraio, via Michelangelo, via Roma,via Novella, via Brasca, piazzale Gorizia and near Pro Loco association. If you don’t pick up the faeces of your pet you will have to pay a fine of 50€.

Dangerous dog breeds

The Ordinance about the protection of public safety from dog aggression of the Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Policies has been in force since March 24, 2009.

The main innovations introduced by this measure are:

Deletion of the “black list”

The document showing a list of “dangerous” breeds (without scientific reference) has been deleted, as it is not possible to assess the risk of a greater aggressiveness of a dog according to its breed or cross.

Introduction of civil and criminal liability of the owners

To prevent the risk of an attack by a dog, an important role has been attributed to the liability of the owners. The owner of a dog is always responsible for the welfare and control of its animal, therefore, he is liable both civilly and criminally for any damages or injuries to people, animals or things.

Obligation to leash dogs anywhere

You must always keep your dog on a leash not exceeding mt. 1,50 in urban areas and in public places (except for dog parks), have a muzzle (rigid or soft) to be used in case of potential danger and leave your pet only to people who can handle it. You must also gather information about the physical and ethological characteristics of your dog, and on the regulations in force.

Training courses for dog owners

To encourage training and an adequate knowledge on how to proper take care of a dog and to prevent damages or injuries to others, the municipalities, in collaboration with the veterinary services of the Local Health Authority and with veterinarians, associations of veterinarians, faculties of veterinary medicine and associations for animal protection, should provide training courses for dog owners. These courses are compulsory for owners of “difficult” dogs.

Register of dogs with behavior problems by the Local Health Authority

In case of a risk, the veterinary services shall establish preventive measures and any behavioural therapies to which difficult dogs must be submitted. They keep an updated register of these dogs.  

The role of professional veterinarians

For the first time in Italy, a role has been given to professional veterinarians in the field of prevention. In fact, they shall inform the owners of dogs that visit their facilities about the possibility or the necessity of achieving a licence for difficult dogs.

Compulsory civil liability insurance for dogs enrolled in the register

The owners of dogs enrolled in the register are obliged to take out an insurance policy of civil liability and to use leash and muzzle when they are in urban areas and in public places.

Obligation to pick up faeces

When walking dogs in public places, the owners must pick up their faeces by means of suitable tools.

Other prohibitions

Prohibition of training techniques and crossbreed aimed at increasing dog aggression, of doping, surgical interventions aimed at modifying the morphology of the animal (debarking, ear cropping and tail docking), except for curative surgery certificated by a veterinarian.