Woman granted sick pay to look after her dog

In Italy a woman won sick pay to care for her dog with the court agreeing her absence from work was related to

In Italy a woman won sick pay to care for her dog with the court agreeing her absence from work was related to"serious or family personal reasons

The Italian Anti-Vivisection League hopes the case inspires other workplaces to make animal rights a priority.

A woman has been granted sick pay in Italy to look after her unwell dog.

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The unnamed woman, who works for Rome's La Sapienza University, was brought to court after she took two days off to care for 12-year-old English Setter Cucciola after the animal underwent surgery.

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

Her lawyers cited Italy's strict animal protection laws, which say people who abandon an animal to "grave suffering" should be jailed for a year and fined up to €10,000, according to La Pressa.

La Sapienza University confirmed that the woman is an employee but declined to comment further.

"It is a significant step forward to recognised that animals that are not kept for financial gain or their working ability are effectively members of the family".

The LAV spokeswoman said Anna's dog had survived the surgery and was now doing well.