Dog days? In Italy, count them like family sick days

In Italy a woman won sick pay to care for her dog with the court agreeing her absence from work was related to

An Italian woman has won her battle to be granted sick pay for days she took off to look after her poorly dog, in a first for the pet-loving country.

With help from an animal rights group, Italian Anti-Vivisection League, she won the case for the days off to be treated as sick days. La Sapienza University confirmed this on Thursday. The judge has decided that University of Academy is considered to be officially paid for two-day consent of academic "for serious or familial and personal reasons".

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

Gianluca Felicetti, the president of LAV, said, "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".

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

The librarian, who doesn't want to be identified, is single and says she considers the dog, who she rescued from a park, to be her family.

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

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