UDINE, Italy (AP) _ A judge Wednesday ordered a man's car seized to punish him for abandoning his dog on the roadside.

Judge Giorgio Cabrini ruled the car of Ermanno Minghetti should be seized because it was used to commit a crime. He was acting on a complaint from an animal protection society.

Minghetti, 49, denied the charge, saying he drove his dog out of town because it needed exercise.