Woman seeks custody of dog she shared with ex-boyfriend

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A custody battle in Maine between a woman and her former boyfriend focuses not on a child but on a dog.

An attorney for the woman argued Tuesday before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court that she should be the sole owner of the boxer-lab mix named Honey and that there should be an updated standard for such cases in the future.

Twenty-five-year-old Jessica Sardina, who says Honey “means the absolute world” to her, contends pets should not be treated simply as property when a relationship terminates.

She is appealing a lower court judge’s decision to grant sole custody to 25-year-old Kelvin Liriano. A judge ruled that Liriano is Honey’s exclusive owner because his signature appeared on adoption papers.

Liriano says there’s no legal precedent to Sardina’s request.

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This story has been corrected to show the dog is a boxer-lab mix, not a lab-shepherd mix.

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