Woman was sacked because she took bereavement leave when her dog died


For most people, we’ve been together with our pets long enough, that we considered them our family too. All pets owners understand the feelings of losing our beloved pets. We will feel heartbreak and can’t focus in our daily job anymore but to think about the previous happy times together with the pets.

Emma McNulty’s beloved per Millie died unexpectedly. Credit: BBC

As for the 18-year-old student Emma McNulty, she was together with her pet dog, Millie as long as she can remember.

When a double whammy struck down McNulty, it was the relationship with Miller that kept McNulty out of depression.

If the loss of her dog wasn’t painful enough for McNulty, getting sacked from her job the same day caused much anguish.

She said both Millie and she had been best of friends for 14 over years.

“I was 18 and she was 14,”said McNulty, adding all through their lives they have been together, they have cherished every moment.

When McNulty from Glasgow lost her terrier Millie during the weekend, she was too upset to work and physically sick with grief over the death of her pet.

Working a part-time job in a sandwich shop, McNulty was told to find cover on that day or risk dismissal. Unable to find a replacement, McNulty was terminated from the sandwich shop.

She said she was sacked by the company the same day when her dog died. She told her company she can’t find a replacement and the company directly sacked her.

Describing the death of Millie as like “losing a member of the family”, McNulty started a petition asking employers to recognize pet bereavement in the same way as a human family member.

Emma McNulty’s beloved per Millie died unexpectedly. credit: BBC

“I think it’s disgusting how some companies think it’s acceptable to treat someone in this way with no remorse, as a family pet has just as much importance as a human family member.”

McNulty’s online change.org petition has now gained almost 30,000 supporters and she has been receiving dozens of messages of support from many people on the internet.

If you would like to support her cause, click here to sign her petition.


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