Italian woman took off work day to look after her ill dog

An Italian woman has won a legal battle for sick pay for the time she took off work to look after her dog.

The woman, an academic at Rome’s La Sapienza University, won the case with the help of lawyers from Italy’s Anti-Vivisection League (LAV).

It is the first such finding by an Italian court.

A judge accepted the woman’s case that the university should put the absence down to “serious or family personal reasons”.

The academic, who has not been named, took two days off to care for Cucciola, a 12-year-old English Setter after the dog underwent surgery.

Her lawyers pointed to a provision in Italian law which says people who abandon an animal to “grave suffering” can be jailed for a year and fined up to €10,000 (£9,000).

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