And Rizzi once brawled with carriage drivers on Rome's famous Spanish Steps over how horses were being treated in the middle of a heatwave.
In the Trapani case, he didn't waste a moment. According to Quotidiano, he led a brigade of police officers and a veterinarian to the address.
The owners were charged with animal cruelty, and the sad statue of a dog in misery no longer overlooks the streets of Trapani. The dog, still without a name, is at the local shelter. It's not much, but until he finds a real home, he'll savor every precious inch of it.
If you would like to help this dog, and others in similar plights, visit ASP Trapani's website.