- Judge in Dognapping Case Awards Canine Custody to Caretaker, Orders Original Owners to Pay $16K
Judge in Dognapping Case Awards Canine Custody to Caretaker, Orders Original Owners to Pay $16K
Posted Apr 19, 2011 6:33 PM CST
By Martha Neil
In the latest litigation treating a beloved pet almost as a human child, a judge in the United Kingdom asked to deal with a London dognapping case has awarded temporary custody of an approximately two-year-old Labrador to its caretaker of 18 months.
The court was asked to weigh in after Bella was stolen earlier this month, with the help of a pet detective, from a professional dog-walker employed by stockbroker Victoria Huxster, reports the Telegraph.
Huxster says she was given the dog when a former colleague and his bank executive wife couldn't cope with the then-puppy. They say the arrangement was only temporary and they retained ownership.
The judge ordered the couple not to attempt to kidnap Bella again and awarded court costs of approximately $16,000. A final custody hearing is scheduled to take place this summer.