NAPLES, Italy — No dogs allowed, at least not if you live in base housing in Naples.

Capt. Dave Frederick, commander of Naval Support Activity Naples, upheld the current policy barring dogs from support site housing at the Gricignano installation, citing the small size of the apartments as the main reason.

The support site is home to more than 2,600 sailors and their families in the two-, three- and four-bedroom apartments that range from 947 square feet to 1,800 square feet, respectively, said Lt. Cmdr. Jacky Fisher, the base spokeswoman.

Sailors E-6 and below with dependents must live in base housing if there are vacancies, Fisher said. NSA Naples does have government-leased houses on the economy, and people are allowed up to two pets — cats or dogs — in those units. Cats are allowed in base housing, and are limited to two per household, Fisher said.

A public hearing on the issue was held March 1. At the hearing, residents cited other concerns that Frederick still is mulling over, including whether dog owners can continue to use the base veterinarian, if they should be allowed to walk their dogs on base, or whether they can kennel the dogs on base.

“I understand that there are ongoing issues of concern to dog owners. I want to assure them that these concerns will be addressed,” Frederick told the base newspaper. “We want to make living in Naples a more pet-friendly tour, and I encourage input on ways to make that happen.”

Anyone wanting to address the issue can e-mail base officials at:

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