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Italian granted sick pay to care for ill dog

12 Octobre 2017

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

An Italian academic who claimed paid sick days in order to care for her ill dog has won a case against her employer.

The academic, who works at the La Sapienza University in Rome, was granted the pay after she needed to take two days off work to look after her pet.

Italian League antivivisection (one of Europe's largest organizations for the protection of animal rights) has helped the scientific employee with this case.

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Italy's Penal Code prohibits the abandonment of pets, and says keeping an animal in conditions that may cause it to suffer is a crime; both are punishable with jail time or a hefty fine.

The group's president, Gianluca Felicetti, said: 'It is a significant step forward that recognised that animals that are not kept for financial gain or their working ability are effectively members of the family.

"This case reflects a shift in public opinion and understanding of animal rights", a spokeswoman for LAV told CNN.

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