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Italian Bar Fined For Taking Care Of Thirsty Dogs

VIGEVANO — For one traffic warden in this northern Italian city, "a structure with a circular base, 30 centimeters in diameter and 30 centimeters in height, with an attached tray containing water" was illegally occupying public land.

For the bar owner who put it there, it was just a doggy water bowl left as courtesy for any canine who might be accompanying his patrons.

The bar owner would wind up being fined 168 euros, including taxes and administrative fees.

After complaints from locals, Vigevano Mayor Andrea Sala and his staff raised the funds and paid the fine themselves. "I believe that the local police have very different priorities, such as ensuring the safety and decorum of the town," Sala said. "I would have hoped for a little more common sense."

Despite the mayor's prompt reaction, a protest has been organized for Sunday via Facebook for animal rights, reports La Repubblica. Donations will be a collected to raise funds for the local animal shelter, while — for two and four-legged creatures alike — plenty of water will surely be available.

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