No good deed goes unpunished…

Today morning, I read an article in a free press newspaper that had me perplexed and intrigued all at once. I’ll start with the perplexed part. The story goes like this:

A guy is driving along a road in Marino, a town some 30 minutes from Rome when he happens on a sorry-looking black Sharpei dog. He does the right thing. Next day, he takes it to a dog pound in Rome. However, since the dog was found outside Rome, and therefore outside their jurisdiction, they couldn’t take it in. (The dog was unable to comment on where it came from and hence clarify whether or not it was actually eligible to enter the rather exclusive establishment). He then goes to another pound in Pomezia, also about 30 minutes out of Rome. That pound wasn’t taking in any animals– it had just been closed due to the inhuman conditions the animals were living in. Probably more than a little flustered, he goes to the big guns at  ENPA, the national agency for the protection of animals. They can’t take in the dog either. ENPA has no pounds of its own. They are kind enough to inform him that if he can’t find a home for the dog, he’ll have to keep it himself, or else risk a fine of up to 10,000 euro for abandoning an animal…

For crying out loud, the young man rescued the canine, and yet the law says he could be fined for his good deed? If he’d just left it out there, he’s okay. Whoever originally abandoned it goes free, but not him? Ludicrous!

Now for the intriguing bit. I thought of the parallels between this law and the Old Testament Law. There’s some sense of futility in both. However, I’m sure I don’t have the knowledge to avoid putting my theological foot in my theological mouth. All I can do is thank God for His grace. And hope someone helps that poor dog and its rescuer…