Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Italian woman granted sick pay to look after her unwell dog

An Italian university employee was granted leave from her job to take care of her sick 12-year-old English setter in a decision that could pave the way for similar pet perks on the job, The New York Times reported.

The woman said Cucciola is recovering well from surgery for a breast tumor and a larynx problem.

The court ruled that the unidentified woman's two-day absence will count as paid time off for "serious or family personal reasons".

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

The Academy's lawyer, La Pressa, told newspaper that he was reminded of strict animal protection laws in Italy that leaving "very painful" animals could be sentenced to imprisonment and fines. She adopted Cucciola after she found him abandoned in a Rome park.

The ruling means the woman does not have to use annual leave days to stay by the side of the English setter.

The woman, a Rome academic, won her case after being supported by a large animal rights organisation, the Italian Anti-Vivisection League (LAV).

"Now, with the necessary veterinary certification, those in the same situation will be able to cite this important precedent", he said.

The woman said Cucciola is recovering well from her operation.

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