Dog owner wins sick pay to look after poorly pet
A DOG owner has been granted sick pay by an Italian court to look after her poorly pet.
The ruling, the first in Italy, means that the librarian does not have to use annual leave to care for her English setter Cucciola.
The judge accepted that her employer, Sapienza University in Rome, should count two days that she took off to care for her pet under an allowance for absences related to ‘serious or family personal reasons’.
The 12-year-old dog was recovering from surgery for a breast tumour and a larynx problem.
Italian animal advocacy group LAV said the case paves the way for pets to be recognised as part of the family.
The woman, who is single and has no family help to look after Cucciola, declined to be identified.
LAV president Gianluca Felicetti said anyone who obtains a vet’s certificate should be able to claim the same time off.
He said: ‘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.’