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Italy: Woman granted sick pay for taking leave to look after her sick dog

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Published Oct 13, 2017, 3:41 pm IST
Updated Oct 13, 2017, 3:41 pm IST
An animal advocacy group helped the woman persuade her boss to let her use two days’ family sick leave to care for 12-year-old Cucciola.
A woman in Italy was granted sick pay for taking leave to look after her sick dog. (Photo: Pixabay)
 A woman in Italy was granted sick pay for taking leave to look after her sick dog. (Photo: Pixabay)

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.

Italian animal advocacy group LAV says it helped persuade public La Sapienza University to let her use two days’ family sick leave to care for 12-year-old Cucciola.

 

LAV president Gianluca Felicetti says in a statement that anyone who obtains a veterinarian’s certificate should enjoy the same benefit, citing Cucciola’s case as precedent.

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

The woman, who is single and has no family help for Cucciola, declined to be identified.

She had adopted Cucciola, found abandoned in a Rome park.

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