In the first case of its kind in the state of New York, a pair of divorcing women are taking their bitter canine custody battle to court. Both Shannon Louise Travis and her soon-to-be-ex, Trisha Bridget Murray, want full custody of Joey, a 2-year-old miniature dachshund. Murray calls the pup “her soul mate” and says she couldn’t live without him.
On the other hand, Travis says Joey should belong to her because she cares for and financially supports him. While there’s no legal precedent for such lawsuits in New York, courts in other states have treated animals like human children in similar pet custody cases.
In this instance, Manhattan Justice Matthew Cooper will allow both Travis and Murray to present oral arguments for why they should get to keep Joey. That’s certainly throwing them a bone.