Dog days? Count them as paid time off

Tampa Bay Times - - Nation & World -

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.”

It worked.

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.

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