Just so you know it's not all going to the dogs, one day after we reported on a Spanish town that has granted full rights to its "non-human residents," comes news that a town in Italy has restricted the right to bark.http://www.thelocal.at/20150722/scientists-develop-virtual-tourism-drone
Controne, in the southern province of Catania, has banned barking during the hours of "riposo," the Italian equivalent of a siesta. There are fines of between 20 and 500 Euros for disturbing the nap. There are also fines for dogs that bark in the night.
Other Italian towns have taken action on the pet front as well; Piacenza now requires rinsing after dogs urinate, and bans leaving pets alone in public spaces. There's more in TheLocal.it