After some research, I was sad to find that dog (and cat) abandonment is a significant problem in the south, and there have even been some deadly attacks. Apparently more often than not, local governments ignore the laws requiring them to capture and kennel the strays.
Italian author, Diana Lanciotti, wrote a book on this issue. I wish there was an English translation! While there have been national campaigns to end pet abandonment, sadly it remains a problem.This was my favorite encounter. This adorable stray was taking an afternoon swim in Trapani- hey dogs get hot too! We later saw the same dog walking the main boulevard with a sense of determination and purpose during the evening passeggiata. What have been your experiences with strays (dogs or cats) in Italy? I'd love to hear your take.