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Italian family stuck abroad forced to choose between their dog and a flight home

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Travel bans and other restrictions due to the Coronavirus pandemic were announced just two days after this Turin family took off for their holiday.

By Justine Seraphin

Published on the 23/04/2020, 18:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:29

The eldest daughter in the family, Giorgia Gerenzani, has made a desperate plea for help on Facebook.

Leaving the dog behind is not an option

In her post, Giorgia says she and her family had their return flights booked for the 17th of March, but these were cancelled. They began to look for other last-minute flights, but quickly realised that with a dog, everything was more complicated.

Most of the flights had stops, which was not ideal. They could get stuck at another airport, in another country, and with a dog in a small travel cage – this was simply not an option. But of course, leaving behind their beloved pet, who Giorgia clearly mentioned was “part of the family”, was not an option either.


Edit: grazie di cuore a tutti quelli che ci hanno scritto in privato offrendo soldi e collette, ma non è quello di cui...

Posted by Giorgia Gerenzani on Thursday, April 9, 2020

In need of help

The problem is the only direct flights the family can find at the moment cost between 7,000 and 9,000 euros! They have appealed to the Italian consulate, attempting to get repatriated along with around 70 other Italians stuck in the same situation, but to no avail.

In the meantime, the family is renting a dog-friendly home until they can finally take a flight back. But they are worried. They are rapidly running out of money, and are unsure whether they could get proper treatment if they were to fall ill.

Giorgia asks only one thing of those who read her story: to share it! She and her family are determined to return home with their dog.

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