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A 25-year-old woman has taken her ex-boyfriend to court to win custody of their adopted dog.
Jessica Sardina is fighting for a change in the law that would not only bring her dog Honey back to her, half of the time, but ensure others do not have to give up their pets when they break-up with their romantic partners.
Animals - Children - Proceedings - Pieces - Property
She believes animals should be treated like children when it comes to divorce or break-up proceedings and that they are more than mere pieces of property that can be assigned to a single owner.
When she and her boyfriend Kelvin Liriano split up, a judge granted him sole custody of the boxer-lab mix because his name was the only one on Honey's adoption papers.
Issue - Court - Maine
They are fighting out the issue in court in Maine.
He adopted the dog a month before he moved in with her but she says they were dating and a couple.
Sardina - Right - Animal
Now, Sardina says she has just as much right to look after the animal.
She and her ex met on Tinder in 2014 but became serious the following year. He moved in to her apartment at the time, bringing Honey with him.
Years - Dogs
Over the next three years, they lived together with her two other dogs.
When they broke up in 2018, he claims she stopped him from taking Honey with him when he moved out.
Liriano - Grievance - Judge - Custody - Animal
Liriano took his grievance to a judge who ordered that he should have sole custody of the animal.
Now, Sardina is fighting that decision.
Court - Lawyer - Dog - Piece - Property
In court, her lawyer said a dog was more than a piece of property.
'A dog that greets you and plays with you and loves you is presently on the same level as an inanimate object, like a couch, a diploma or a blender,' Gene Sullivan, her attorney,...
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