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Italian woman given paid days off to care for her sick dog

Europe
12.10.2017
By our dpa-correspondent and Europe Online    auf Facebook posten  Auf Twitter posten  
Rome (dpa) - An Italian woman employed by a university in Rome has been granted paid time off to look after her sick dog.

The woman, who lives on her own, had unsuccessfully requested two paid days off at first, the animal protection organization LAV said. She had no alternative other than to take care of her dog, Cucciola, who was due to be operated on.

After the LAV had offered legal assistance to the women, her employer had relented. The university confirmed this on Thursday.

The dog owner has initially cited "family reasons" for her absence, but her employer had insisted she take two days of vacation. 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 university then gave the employee two paid days off as requested. "It is another important step forward to acknowledge that animals ... are part of the family in every respect," said LAV President Gianluca Felicetti.

 

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