$60,000 Spent in High Profile Dog Custody BattlePublished May 16, 2012
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That's exactly what one man, Craig Dershowitz, is doing. After separating from a woman he was dating for four years, Dershowitz has found himself locked in a now high profile custody battle over what he claims is his dog, Knuckles. So far, Dershowitz has burned through $60,000 in an effort to get the dog back after his ex-girlfriend took Knuckles with her when she moved to California.
In the midst of the breakup, Dershowitz claims that his ex kidnapped knuckles and took him to California. The truth, however, probably lies somewhere in between, as the couple shared custody of Knuckles for close to four years.
Dershowitz has known no bounds to his efforts to get his dog back; recently, he even appeared on TODAY to make his case, and deny that he's pursuing Knuckles' custody out of revenge. As he diligently points out, that'd be a pretty expensive revenge.
No matter the outcome, though, Dershowitz's high profile custody battle brings a couple of issues to light. First, the issue crops up of what exactly one would do to keep their dog, especially when financial figures enter the mix.
The issue begs the question: Is there really a price on the love we have for our pets? At what point, if any, do we decide that something is too expensive to pursue our pet's wellbeing? They are, after all, members of our family.
Secondly, the Dershowitz case also begs the question: what happens to pets after divorces or break-ups in which custody of a pet was shared? When pets are entered into the relationship mix, things can become very dicey once that relationship comes to an end.
While some will believe that Dershowitz is using media just to garner attention to the case, others will believe that he is truly fighting, as evidenced by burning through $60,000 of his own savings, for his pet to come home.
What do you think? Does Dershowitz have a leg to stand on? Are there certain things that put a monetary figure on the love we have for our pets? Share your thoughts in a comment.