Ill-treated dolphins seized in Rimini, moved to Genoa
Court orders transfer of animals13 September, 19:58
The mother and her three young were deemed to be in good enough condition to travel across the peninsula, from Rimini on the Adriatic Coast to an aquarium in Genoa on the Ligurian Sea.
Authorities said the dolphins were to be sedated to reduce their stress during the journey.
The court-ordered transfer came after an investigation by a task force including veterinarians that began on July 31 at Rimini's Dolphinarium.
Authorities found that the environment in the Rimini facility, founded in 1968, was too confined, making one of the smaller dolphins ill.