Italian woman wins right to use family sick leave to care for dog

An English setter Credit: APTV

An Italian librarian has won the right to use family sick leave to care for her ailing dog.

The ruling means the woman, known as Anna, does not have to use annual leave days to stay by the side of the English setter she considers to be part of her family.

Italian animal advocacy group LAV says it helped persuade public La Sapienza University to let her use two days' family sick leave to care for 12-year-old Cucciola.

LAV president Gianluca Felicetti said anyone who obtains a veterinarian's certificate should enjoy the same benefit, citing Cucciola's case as precedent.

Anna, who is single and has no family help for Cucciola, declined to give her surname.

Anna said Cucciola is recovering well from surgery for a breast tumour and a larynx problem.

She adopted Cucciola, who was found abandoned in a Rome park.