Milan for animal rights

Advice from Milan council

As summer begins and milanesi prepare to go on vacation, Milan’s city administration has issued some advice for residents who find abandoned or lost pets in the city, a problem which is repeated every holiday season.

If you come across an abandoned dog or cat, the first call to make is to the pound of the veterinary health service (Canile Sanitario della ASL Veterinaria) on 0285789072, or failing that to the Polizia Locale on 020208, who will scramble the Animal Care Unit (Nucleo Tutela Animali). Dogs and cats found abandoned and taken to the pound are examined by a vet, cured of any illness diagnosed, vaccinated and microchipped.

If they are not already on the city list of pets, they’ll be added at once. If the vet is unable to trace the owner, then the pet will be taken to Milan City Animal Park in Via Corelli (on the 38 bus line). The park is open Tuesday to Sunday from 13.00 to 17.00, and also organises school visits in the mornings.

The Animal Care Unit of Milan’s city hall in Via Dogana 2 can provide any information needed: call them on 0288464056 or -4557. There is also an Animal Rights Authority in the city hall structure: he is Prof. Valerio Pocar and his email address is valerio.pocar@comune.milano.it. There is more information on the dedicated website Milano per gli animali.

The city administration reminds all residents that abandoning a domestic animal is a crime punished by up to a year in jail or a fine of between €1,000 and €10,000.

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