Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Italian granted sick pay to care for ill dog

Italian granted sick pay to care for ill dog

Rome: An Italian librarian who says her English setter is her family has won the right from her employer to use family sick leave to care for her ailing pet instead of having to use vacation days. He was closely monitoring case of Academy of Anti-Vivisection League, an association against experiments on Italian live animal subjects, one of Europe's largest animal rights groups.

La Sapienza University confirmed the woman is an employee but declined to comment further.

The judge said the university should count her days off as absences related to "serious or family personal reasons". The animal protection organization, however, had argued that a lack of assistance and care for an animal in need is tantamount to animal cruelty.

"It is a significant step forward that recognised that animals that are not kept for financial gain or their working ability are effectively members of the family", said LAV president Gianluca Felicetti.

Cucciola is said to be recovering well with her owner by her side.

"I had asked for the paid allowance, honestly explaining what I needed it for - namely to care for my sick dog", the woman, identified only as Anna, told La Stampa, according to the Times. She adopted Cucciola after she found him abandoned in a Rome park.

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