An Italian gets two days of paid work permit to look after her sick dog

The decision taken has no precedent in Italy. The woman, single, has asked for permission to follow the care of "Cucciola" who is a twelve year old dog. For her, the "mistress", Anna, has been granted the right by her employer to benefit from a paid work permit due to "a serious family and personal motive".  
Although animals are still considered “things” in the Italian Civil Code, with the legal support of the LAV the woman obtained that her employer count these two days of absence as paid holidays for "serious personal or family reason". She argued that the Italian penal code provided for up to one year in prison and a fine of 10,000 euros for anyone who abandons an animal or leaves it in "severe suffering". (Italian)


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