For two months, this dog was no more than a face staring down from a 20-square-foot balcony, the newspaper Quotidiano reports. A short, heavy chain kept him from enjoying even that much.
But this dog's prison overlooked a bustling street in the historic province of Trapani. And a passerby met the prisoner's doleful gaze one too many times. Enough was enough.
Images of the dog in the iron cage spread on social media, eventually reaching Enrico Rizzi. A prominent animal welfare activist and head of the Secretariat National Party Animalista European, Rizzi had seen too many similar cases.
Just last year, he led a legal crusade against the owner of this dog.