Ital­ian wo­man granted sick pay to care for pet

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3 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 said 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.

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