Hi stranger! Signing up for MypetMD is easy, free and puts the most relevant content at your fingertips.

Get Instant Access To

  • 24/7 alerts for pet-related recalls

  • Your own library of articles, blogs, and favorite pet names

  • Tools designed to keep your pets happy and healthy



or Connect with Facebook

By joining petMD, you agree to the Privacy Policy.


2 Dog Names that Shocked French Mayor to the Core

By AFP News    September 11, 2014 at 02:36PM / (1) comments

PARIS - A mayor in eastern France has refused to sign a license for two dogs named "Itler" and "Iva" who he claims are owned by an official from France's far-right National Front.

 

"I don't want to sign this licence ... of course 'Itler' and 'Iva' make you think of Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun, a dubious play on words," said Luc Binsinger, the mayor of the small town of Saint-Nicolas-de-Port.

 

"I have written to the local prefect to ask him what I can do. In the meantime, I'm not signing," he told AFP, adding he believed the owner of the two American Staffordshire Terriers was a local National Front official.

 

"It's completely mad. Stupid even," added Binsinger.

 

The owner had already secured an initial license -- required in France for dangerous dogs -- but the names had apparently not raised eyebrows at the time.

 

"It's not a question of how dangerous the dogs are, it's a question of principle," said Binsinger.

 

Neither the local prefect nor the owner could be immediately reached for comment.

 

There is in theory no restrictions on naming animals in France ... with one exception -- you cannot call a pig Napoleon, due to a law aimed at preserving the image of the Emperor which is still on the statute books.

 

Image (not of Itler and Iva): Hamik / via Shutterstock

Source: AFP

Comments  1

Leave Comment
  • Naming your pets
    10/06/2014 01:21pm

    Now this is an interesting debate! Those names sure are a bit fishy though. On the other hand what does it matter? Defiantly going to explore this further.


 
MORE FROM PETMD.COM