Also bans turning pet into 'fluffy toy'
Monday, April 25, 2005 Posted: 4:35 AM EDT (0835 GMT)
ROME, Italy (Reuters) -- Dog owners in Turin will be fined up to $650 if they don't walk their pets at least three times a day, under a new law from the city's council.
People will also be banned from dyeing their pets' fur or "any form of animal mutilation" for merely aesthetic motives such as docking dogs' tails, under the law about to be passed in the northern Italian city.
"In Turin it will be illegal to turn one's dog into a ridiculous fluffy toy," the city's La Stampa daily reported.
Italians can already be fined up to 10,000 euros and spend a year in prison if found guilty of torturing or abandoning their pets, but Turin's new rules go into much greater detail.
Dogs may be led for walks by people on bicycles, the rules say, "but not in a way that would tire the animal too much."
I can't believe this shit. Only in socialist europe could someone pass a set of laws and ordinances this unbelievably stupid. What about the people who have fenced in yards and just don't fucking want to walk their dogs. It's clear that this sort of idiocy could never pass in the states (well, at least the red-states) but I'd find it hilarious if we could somehow import a few americans to this city right from texas or montana or whatever en masse. The fireworks would be spectacular I think. God knows if some pompous self-important ass walked up to the house and wanted to issue me a ticket for not walking the dogs the first thing I'd do is reach for my longsword.