Italian woman granted sick pay to look after her unwell dog

Italian woman granted sick pay to look after her unwell dog

Italian woman granted sick pay to look after her unwell dog

The academic, who works at the La Sapienza University in Rome, was granted the pay after she needed to take two days off work to look after her pet. According to The Sun, the woman took two days off to look after Cucciola, a 12-year-old English setter, after the dog underwent surgery for a breast tumour and a larynx problem.

After the LAV had offered legal assistance to the women, her employer had relented.

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Courts then agreed that the school could list the absence as being caused by "serious or family personal reasons" because animals count as family members.

The lawyer of the Italian pointed to the rule that refusal to care for the animals is seen as cruelty to animals.

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"It is a significant step forward to recognised that animals that are not kept for financial gain or their working ability are effectively members of the family".

LAV president Gianluca Felicetti said anyone who obtains a veterinarian's certificate should enjoy the same benefit, citing Cucciola's case as precedent.

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Cucciola is said to be recovering well with her owner by her side. The woman, who is single and has no family help for Cucciola, declined to be identified. She adopted Cucciola after she found him abandoned in a Rome park.

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