NEW YORK (PIX 11) — Until pup do us part.
Two women in the midst of a divorce are set to battle over their dog in New York’s first matrimonial pet-custody case.
Shannon Louise Travis, 32, and her soon-to-be-ex-wife Trisha Bridget Murray of Washington Heights are fighting over who will get custody of their 2-year-old miniature dachshund named Joey.
The New York Post reports that Travis bought the dog as a puppy for Murray as a gift while they were dating.
Murray told The Post she considers the dog to be “the love of her life.”
Manhattan Justice Matthew Cooper said that the case is surprising that such a “canine-centric” city is an uncharted legal territory.
This isn’t the first time that a dog has been at the center of a custody dispute.
An Alabama judge awarded a dog named Preston custody to one spouse citing that it was in his best interest, The Post reported.
Murray currently has possession of the dog and has moved to Freeport, Maine.
Judge Cooper says he will examine who spent more time with Joey on a regular basis before making his decision.
Travis and Murray were married for one year.