Saturday, 21 October, 2017

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

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Melinda Barton | 13 October, 2017, 20:41

An Italian woman has won a legal battle for sick pay after she took time off to care for her dog. A judge went in favour of the woman's case saying that the university should accept her absence stating "serious or family personal reasons". The animal protection organization, however, had argued that a lack of assistance and care for an animal in need is tantamount to animal cruelty.

The woman, a Rome academic, won her case after being supported by a large animal rights organisation, the Italian Anti-Vivisection League (LAV).

The university then gave the employee two paid days off as requested.

Gianluca Felicetti, the president of LAV, said, "It is a significant step forward that recognized that animals that are not kept for financial gain or their working ability are effectively members of the family". The woman, who is single and has no family help for Cucciola, declined to be identified.

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

She said she had no family who could have looked after Cucciola on her behalf. According to her the owner of the animal is threatened by imprisonment for a year or a fine of up to 10 thousand euros.