In Italy, barking dogs can land owner in jail

Thu Feb 10, 2011 12:31pm EST
 
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ROME (Reuters Life!) - If you live in Italy and if the barking of your dogs keeps the neighbors up at night, it's you who might wind up caged -- in a jail cell.

The top appeals court sentenced four people in Sicily to two months in jail because they refused to keep their 10 dogs quiet at night despite complaints from neighbors who had repeatedly picked a bone with the owners over lost sleep.

The four were also ordered to pay court charges and a fine of 500 euros ($684) each.

(Editing by Paul Casciato)

 
<p>A dog walks across the snow covered Saint Mark's square in Venice December 19, 2009. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri</p>