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Dog days? In Italy, count them like family sick days

12 October 2017, 08:00 | Glen Norman

Italian woman granted sick pay to look after her unwell dog

In Italy a woman won sick pay to care for her dog with the court agreeing her absence from work was related to

An Italian woman has won a legal battle for sick pay for time she took off work to look after her dog.

The librarian, who doesn't want to be identified, is single and says she considers the dog, who she rescued from a park, to be her family.

A female complainant petitioned the court after her employer - Rome's La Sapienza university - refused to grant her paid leave to take her dog to the vet.

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But she ended up in court, saying she shouldn't lose payment for the days she didn't go to work.

The argument also hinged on a law which calls for a £9,000 fine or a year in jail for those who abandon an animal to "grave suffering". She had adopted Cucciola, found abandoned in a Rome park.

The woman asked the University about the two-day paid leave, however, asked to justify your request, because the earlier leave for the care of animals was not provided.

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Italian League antivivisection (one of Europe's largest organizations for the protection of animal rights) has helped the scientific employee with this case.

"It is a significant step forward that recognized that animals that are not kept for financial gain or their working ability are effectively members of the family", Gianluca Felicetti, the president of the Italian Anti-Vivisection League, told The Telegraph.

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