Wo­man granted sick leave to care for her 12-year-old pet dog

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - WORLD NEWS -

An Ital­ian li­brar­ian has won the right to use her fam­ily sick leave en­ti­tle­ment to care for her ail­ing dog.

The rul­ing means the wo­man does not have to use an­nual leave days to stay by the side of the English set­ter she con­sid­ers to be part of her fam­ily.

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 said any­one who ob­tains a vet­eri­nar­ian’s cer­tifi­cate should en­joy the same ben­e­fit, cit­ing Cuc­ci­ola’s case as prece­dent.

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

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

She adopted Cuc­ci­ola, who was found aban­doned in a Rome park.

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