ROME, ITALY - 31 October 2013: Zicos, the cash dog of the Guardia di Finanza (Financial Guard) of Rome Fiumicino Airport, stands at attention before sniffing passengers suspected of carrying undeclared cash, in Rome, Italy, on October 31st 2013.
Cash dogs are sniffer dogs that have specially trained to detect the ink on currency notes. In the effort of cracking down on tax evasion and cash smuggling, the Guardia di Finanza (Finance Police) works with highly trained dogs in outposts along its borders with Switzerland and France, and in international airports such as Rome Fiumicino and Milano Malpensa.
In Italy, the law allows to travel with up to 10,000 euros in cash. Beyond that, one must declare to the authorities.
In 2012, the Guardia di Finanza (Finance Police) of Fiumicino Airport have intercepted more than 6.9 million euros not declared. In 2013, until September 31st, they have intercepted more than 4 million euros.