Court grants woman paid sick leave to care for ailing dog

But, a woman from Italy has won a major battle at an office arguing she deserves to get "sick pay" for two days she had taken to care for her ailing pet. He was closely monitoring case of Academy of Anti-Vivisection League, an association against experiments on Italian live animal subjects, one of Europe's largest animal rights groups.

The judge said the university should count her days off as absences related to "serious or family personal reasons".

Still, their argument was buttressed by a provision in the nation's penal code that protects against animal neglect.

According to La Pressa, Italy's strict animal protection laws, which state it is a crime to leave an animal in "grave suffering", allowed the woman's lawyers to build a case against her employer.

The woman asked the University about the two-day paid leave, however, she was asked to motivate your request because the earlier leave was not granted due to care for the animals. She had adopted Cucciola, found abandoned in a Rome park.

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