Paw-print signature puzzles public officials
TT/David Landes · 24 Sep 2010, 07:57
Published: 24 Sep 2010 07:57 GMT+02:00
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The municipality, which encompasses a number of islands in the Stockholm archipelago, administers a fund which provides subsidies to residents who are current or former employees of the Gustavsberg porcelain factories, a major employer in the area since the mid-1800s.
Officials recently received three applications for economic support, two of which were quickly judged to fulfill the necessary requirements for a payout, the local Nacka Värmdö Posten (NVP) newspaper reports.
But the third application, signed with a paw print, gave the reviewers pause.
Taking a closer look at the document, they understood that a local four-legged friend was asking for subsidies to help cover the costs of a dog sitting service, commonly known as ‘doggie daycare’ (hunddagis).
“The application was very creative,” municipality worker Anna Nerelius told the newspaper.
“But we can’t grant money to a dog.”
While the paw-signed application was ultimately rejected, Nerelius explained that, had the dog’s owner had signed the forms, the funding request would have likely been approved.