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Custody Suit Over Pet Gets Expensive

Pet Custody Dispute Leads to Mounting Legal Bills

Legal bills in a custody dispute involving a couple’s pet dog have topped $40,000, according to media reports. The mounting attorneys’ fees come after a landmark decision by a Pennsylvania appellate court that held a trial judge should have weighed the subjective value of the pug in determining custody and compensation for the couple. An attorney for one of the parties conceded that the protracted dispute could be a slippery slope for the legal community. Martha Neil, American Bar Association Journal 07/30/2009