Italian librarian gets sick pay to look after her dog

The woman was allowed to take paid time off to look after her pet
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The academic, who has not been named, took two days off to care for Cucciola, a 12-year-old English Setter, after the dog underwent surgery.

On both occasions, Cucciola's owner, who lives alone, argued that she had no-one else who could take Cucciola to the vet and take care of her during her recovery, and that she was thus entitled to back pay for the two days she had taken off work.

According to The Guardian, the Italian woman, of Rome, won her case in part because of assistance from the Italian Anti-Vivisection League (LAV), which is a substantial animal rights group in Europe.

"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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When her employer, Rome's La Sapienza University, refused her request, she appealed, demanding her right to paid leave as a public servant.

Her lawyers used Italy's strict animal protection laws which say it is a crime to leave an animal to "grave suffering", La Pressa reports. "It is something that we hope will stimulate more attention and (the) adoption of similar practices in other workplaces".

The woman said Cucciola is recovering well from her operation.

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