Dog owner wins sick pay to look after poorly pet

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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.’

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