Animal Law

Judge in Dognapping Case Awards Canine Custody to Caretaker, Orders Original Owners to Pay $16K

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.

We welcome your comments, but please adhere to our comment policy and the ABA Code of Conduct.

Commenting is not available in this channel entry.