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Of 10,000 animals run over in 2013, one in 15 received aid

Animal and environment activist group Aidaa releases new figures

28 March, 19:30
Of 10,000 animals run over in 2013, one in 15 received aid (ANSA) - Rome, March 28 - Of the 10,000 animals run over on Italian roads in 2013, only one in fifteen received emergency medical aid, according to data released Friday by animal and environmental protection group Aidaa.

Of the 5,300 dogs struck on Italian roads in the period, only 355 were helped, the group said.

Cats, meanwhile, saw some 2,100 of their species crushed under wheels last year, of which only 140 got medical aid. There were also some 2,700 wild animals like hares, foxes, rabits, squirrels and porcupines‎run down with only 180 receiving assistance. "Unfortunately, the failure to assist injured animals is a very common phenomenon," said Aidaa president Lorenzo Croce.

In some cases, it is because the driver doesn't wish to become involved but in other incidents, the driver can't find emergency animal care, the group said.

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