Geographical information system analysis on road accidents involving wandering dogs in the urban area of Naples

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Giuseppina Mennonna
Carla Murino
Fabiana Micieli
Alessandro Costagliola
Danila D'Angelo
Orlando Paciello
Gerardo Fatone
Francesco Lamagna
Luigi Navas
Marina Pompameo
Leonardo Meomartino *
(*) Corresponding Author:
Leonardo Meomartino | leonardo.meomartino@unina.it

Abstract

In this study, the spatial distribution of road accidents involving wandering dogs on urban roads of Naples was assessed using kernel density estimation (KDE). The study included 423 dogs victim of road collisions in the period 2012-2015 collected from the medical records of Interdepartmental Centre of Veterinary Radiology, of Pathological Anatomy Service, of Veterinary Teaching Hospital, “Federico II” University of Naples, and of Veterinary Hospital Attendance of the Local Public Health Unit Napoli1. There were a significant prevalence of young male dogs and the KDE demonstrated the presence of five hotspots in five city neighbourhoods. All areas with the highest KDE were found to be peripheral zones in which wide green areas, uncultivated or cultivated, merged with built areas and crossed by large straight roads with a lot of intersections. Wandering dogs as other animals represent a mounting problem on urban roads in Italy, despite of the effort to reduce these populations. Better knowledge of this phenomenon is important with reference to taking countermeasures and improve road safety. It is also important with reference to One Health and the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011- 2020 of the United Nations.


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