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

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - WORLD/NATION -

ROME — An Ital­ian li­brar­ian who says her English set­ter is her fam­ily has won the right from her em­ployer to use fam­ily sick leave to care for her ail­ing pet in­stead of hav­ing to use va­ca­tion days.

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 says in a state­ment that 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 tu­mor and a lar­ynx prob­lem. The woman, who is sin­gle and has no fam­ily help for Cuc­ci­ola, de­clined to be iden­ti­fied. She had adopted Cuc­ci­ola, found aban­doned in a Rome park.

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