Cat-Saving Solider Charged With Insubordinationthe daily dish
An Italian army reservist will stand trial for insubordination after saving a cat's life while serving as a medical officer on a NATO base in Kosovo, the Guardian reported Sunday.
NATO soliders in Kosovo in 2011. Credit: Armend Nimani/AFP/Getty Images
Lt. Barbara Balanzoni rescued a cat on the military base when the cat was suffering from life-threatening complications during birth. Military personnel called Balanzoni to the infirmary because they were alarmed by the cat's howls.
"If the cat had died, the entire area would have had to be disinfected," Balanzoni said. "What is more, the ... kittens could not have been fed. So they too would have died and created an even greater public health problem."
Balanzoni is being charged with gross insubordination over the incident because it disobeyed a standing order forbidding troops at the base from "bringing in or having brought in wild, stray or unaccompanied animals."
Balanzoni said she doesn't believe her actions disobeyed the order.
"There are lots of cats on the base," she said. "In theory, they are strays, but in practice they belong there." She explained further that military regulations say a medical officer should intervene when a veterinarian is not available.
Balanzoni's trial is schedule for Feb. 7 in Rome. She faces a minimum of one year in a military penitentiary.