Dog days? Count them as paid time off
A dog owner who wanted paid time off to care for one of her dogs offered her bosses a simple explanation: “They are my family.”
Originally marking the days as a holiday, Rome’s Sapienza University changed its mind and gave her leave to care for her sick 12year-old English setter, Cucciola.
The employee, identified only as Anna, lives alone and had to take off work to bring Cucciola to the veterinarian for surgery and care for the dog afterward.
Animal advocacy group LAV helped Anna make her case to her employer, and the university eventually granted two days of paid leave.
The group had argued owners who fail to take proper care of a pet could find themselves vulnerable to legal action, because it would amount to the crime of mistreatment or abandonment of the animal.