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New York’s first matrimonial pet-custody case – Animal Law

“A pair of divorcing women are about to fight it out in court over a miniature dachshund named Joey in what will be New York’s first matrimonial pet-custody case…’ People who love their dogs almost always love them forever,'” Manhattan Justice Matthew Cooper told the New York Post about his ruling granting the women oral arguments in court for sole custody of the dog.

Prior to the shift in the courts, judges in divorce cases have treated pets as personal property, and divided the house as such. But pets are not couches, and many judges are being convinced that Fido does have a best interest at heart and are considering what that is.

It is believed the shift will pick up across the country (the USA) in the future, with pets being considered more like children or family members.

Come on Australia, our turn.

Judges’ justice for our furry friends – Animal Law

We love people who stand up for our four-legged companions, and when they’re able to serve up some real justice, it’s even sweeter.

Pet advocates everywhere admire Judge Cicconetti, the judge who dishes out creative sentences to animal abusers. As it turns out, the TV-famous Judge Judy also has a soft spot for our furry friends.

In a recent custody battle over a curly-haired canine, two families each claimed that the pup was theirs. Both sides presented their arguments, and as it so happened, the mother-daughter defendants had brought the dog in question to the courthouse.

Judge Judy decided that the best way to find out the truth was to ask the most honest one involved in this case: the dog, Baby Boy! When one of the defendants carried him into the courtroom, the ruling became perfectly clear.

Pets not property – Animal Law

We know that when parties separate “the question of who gets to keep the pets often arises …. Under the current law, pets are considered to be personal property, capable of human ownership and control. Courts working under that law only strictly have authority to award a pet to one owner or the other. To grant shared custody or visitation of the couple’s pets would be exactly the same, in the eyes of the law, as having them trade their television back and forth from one week to the next.”

Isn’t that shocking to our beloved pets.