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.


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

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