Italy: Bibione beach offers 'dog ambulance'

Dog playing at Bibione beach The beach organises lots of events for dogs

A pet-friendly Italian beach has introduced an ambulance service for dogs, to treat four-legged companions feeling ill in the heat.

Bathers at the seaside resort of Bibione, near Venice, can ring a helpline called Mi Fido di Te - the Italian for "I trust you" - and volunteers equipped with oxygen, dressing kits and a microchip reader will tend to the dog, local paper Corriere del Veneto reports. Local authorities have said it is most common to see dogs suffering from sunstroke or dehydration, or who injure themselves while playing on the sand, the Ansa news agency reports.

In serious cases, pets can be stretchered from the beach to a veterinary clinic, the Adnkronos news agency says. The service is free, but the volunteers accept donations to help cover costs. Bibione resort already has a range of canine facilities, including showers, beds and leashes, as well as Pluto Beach, which is especially for dogs.

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