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

Жительнице Италии дали оплачиваемый отпуск по уходу за собакой

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.

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.

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

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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