Maryland law — apparently one written back in medieval times — requires that a divorcing couple that can’t agree on who should get custody of the family dog sell the dog like any other disputed marital property, and then split the proceeds.
Fortunately, that resolution didn’t seem right to a judge in Calvert County, Maryland, who instead ordered a divorcing couple to split the custody of their dog, Lucky.
Retired Prince George’s County Circuit Judge Graydon S. McKee III made the decision last month in the case of Gayle and Craig Myers, the Associated Press reported.
The judge, presiding over the limited-divorce proceeding by special assignment, decided last month that the childless couple should split custody of Lucky, meaning every six months the dog will back and forth.
“It was very clear that both of them love this dog equally,” McKee said. “The only fair thing to do was to give each one an equal chance to share in the love of the dog.”
Posted by John Woestendiek July 8th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
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Josiah Allen and Erin Docking were sitting on the beach in Puerto Vallarta when the small white dog came up, sat down next to them and stayed all day long.
By the time their 10-day vacation ended, the couple had determined to take the dog, who they’d named Paco, back to Canada.
They filled out paperwork, took him to a veterinarian for treatment of an eye infection and tick infestation, and paid to get him the necessary shots.
But on their flight home, Delta Airlines somehow lost the dog, the Detroit News reported.
On May 3, the couple placed Paco in a pet carrier and flew from Puerto Vallarta to Mexico City. At the airport there, they ran into trouble getting approval for Paco to fly to Detroit. Airline officials questioned whether the carrier was large enough for Paco but approved him for the flight once Allen signed a waiver protecting Delta from any claims if the dog was injured.
When Allen and Docking arrived in Detroit, Paco was nowhere to be found.
“After waiting around for two hours, they told us (Paco) was in Mexico City and would be flown in on the next flight,” said Allen, 19, a kinesiology student at the University of Waterloo.
But Paco – described as a mix between a “wiener dog and a Jack Russell terrier” — didn’t arrive the next day, and hasn’t since.
After Allen went public with the story, Delta officials called and offered to cover the expenses he’d incurred with Paco and throw in some extra cash, Allen said.
“Our staff has conducted exhaustive searches to locate the dog,” Delta officials said in a statement. “We have been in contact with the dog’s owner to inform them of the situation and to offer our sincere apologies that we have been unable to recover the dog…”
Some reports say Paco broke out of his cage at the airport and ran away — meaning he may once again be a stray, only this time in Mexico City rather than Puerto Vallarta.
Posted by John Woestendiek May 11th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
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The man who fed the pack of dogs that mauled an Oglethorpe County, Georgia couple last weekend will not face criminal charges, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Howard Thaxton, who was recently forced to move from his rural Lexington home due to medical problems, did not own the 16 feral canines — a major factor in the decision to not file charges, said Jim Fullington, special agent in charge of the GBI’s Athens office.
Thaxton, an amputee who visited his property every other day to feed the dogs, told investigators he did not believe they were responsible for the attacks. Neighbors interviewed said the dogs hadn’t shown any previous signs of aggression.
Authorities say the dogs attacked and killed Lothar and Sherry Schweder. The dogs were euthanized Tuesday at the Madison Oglethorpe Animal Shelter.
Posted by John Woestendiek August 21st, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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Authorities say up to 14 dogs were involved in the fatal attack on a former University of Georgia professor and his wife, as they walked near their home in Lexington.
The dogs that mauled Lothar Karl Schweder, 77, and Sherry Schweder, 65, were known to neighbors, belonged to a many who used to live nearby, and had not shown signs of aggression before, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported. The newspaper reported later today that the dogs, all mixed breeds, will be euthanized.
The dogs were still standing over the slain couple when the coroner arrived at the scene on Saturday. They seemed to be guarding the bodies as if they were prey, said James Matthews, coroner for Oglethorpe County. “They were not aggressive whatsoever,” he said. “I guess that’s what makes the attack so hard to figure out.”
An autopsy performed at the GBI Crime Lab concluded that the dogs were responsible for the deaths. “There’s nothing to indicate foul play,” said Jim Fullington, special agent in charge of the GBI’s Athens office.
Sherry Schweder was out looking for one of her own six dogs when she was attacked. Her husband was killed after he went looking for his wife, Matthews said. Their mutilated bodies were found by a pair of visiting Jehovah’s Witnesses about 12 hours after they went missing.
The dogs belong to a man who used to live in the area but was forced to move because of medical problems, neighbors said. A friend would take the former owner to the property to feed the dogs, they said.
Matthews said the dogs, rounded up Monday afternoon by animal control officers from a neighboring county, showed no signs of malnourishment or rabies and said Oglethorpe County had never received complaints about the dogs.
Fullington, the GBI agent, said he was not sure what would happen to the dogs.
Lothar Schweder taught German at UGA, and his wife worked as a humanities bibliographer at the university’s main library. They were known as avid animal lovers and often walked their dogs on the same quiet road where they died.
Posted by John Woestendiek August 18th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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Nick Cannon gave his wife Mariah Carey the gift of dog for their one year aniversary, Us Weekly reports.
Although the anniversary isn’t until May, Cannon already procured and gifted the pup — an eight-week-old female Jack Russell terrier named Cha-Cha. The couple was secretly married last spring in the Bahamas.
Cannon laughed off rumors that he and Carey are expecting a baby.