This woman has been granted sick pay to mind her unwell dog

This comes after an unnamed academic in Italy won a legal case over taking two days off from work to care for her ailing dog.

In Italy an employee of the University La Sapienza di Roma received a two-day paid leave to care for his dog, which was prepared for surgery.

She adopted 12-year-old Cucciola, after finding her abandoned in a park in Rome. Three months later, she underwent treatment for laryngeal paralysis, a disease affecting the throat which restricts an animal's ability to eat, bark, and breathe.

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When her employer, Rome's La Sapienza University, refused her request, she appealed, demanding her right to paid leave as a public servant.

They cited an allowance for absences that can be categorized as "serious or family personal reasons", The Guardian writes.

The Anti-Vivisection League, or LAV, is one of the biggest animal rights groups in Europe, the organisation said.

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Speaking afterwards to the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, Cucciola's owner said: "I'm very pleased". She added that Cucciola is recovering well.

According to the head of the organization Gianluca, Felicetti, the decision was a step towards the recognition of Pets as family members.

"Now, with the necessary veterinary certification, those in the same situation will be able to cite this important precedent", he said.

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