Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Animals hotline launched ahead of annual abandonment season

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Rome, June 26 - To combat Italy's phenomenon of
seasonal animal abandonment, the National Association for the
Protection of Animals (ENPA) said on Wednesday that starting in
July a 24-hour hotline will be active for anyone who spots or
finds unattended dogs or cats wandering the country's roads.
Some 20 operators and ENPA staff will help callers
identify the police in their area to alert.
Animals left wandering the highways are not
only at risk themselves, but also present safety-hazard to
motorists.
Italian highway police said that in 2012 there were 66,100
car accidents involving animals, both wild and abandoned, up 6%
from 2010.
The hotline is supported by the state police, health
ministry, Pizzardi publishing house, nonprofit group
Mediafriends who will run the communications campaign and animal
rights group the Scuola di Interazione Uomo-Animale (School of
Man-Animal Interaction).
The free number is 800-137-079.

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