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Pets Are People, Too!

Pets Are People, Too! by Joshua Katz

{4:30 minutes to read} “Decidedly more than a piece of property”—pet owners would categorically agree that their pets are indeed family.

In a recent decision in the case of Travis v. Murray, Judge Matthew Cooper of Manhattan said that Joey, a mini Dachshund, was “decidedly more than a piece of property,” allowing for a brief best interest hearing to determine custody of the family dog post-divorce.

The hearing determines which “parent” will provide a better home environment for the dog and be more apt to allow the other “parent” the ability to foster a continued relationship with Joey. 

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