Dachshund at Center of Canine Custody Case

Judge overturns previous ruling in canine custody case

Thursday, Mar 21, 2013  |  Updated 4:04 PM EDT
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Dachshund at Center of Custody Case

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A Delaware judge has overturned a lower court decision in a canine custody case involving a disputed dachshund.
 
The judge this week said a common pleas judge wrongly gave Michael Fosset exclusive possession of a dog he bought at the urging of a former live-in girlfriend.

  Fosset's ex claimed the dog was a gift to her, but the lower court said it was jointly owned and Fosset was entitled to possession because he bought it in contemplation of a relationship with her.
 
The Superior Court said the lower court wrongly expanded a law regarding the "symbolic significance" of gifts in "contemplation of marriage" to include gifts in "contemplation of a relationship."
 
The judge declared that the dog was simply property with the same legal status as a piece of furniture.
 

 


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