3-Year Court Case Ends in Joint Custody—of Dog

NJ couple will trade visits with Dexter the pug

By M. Morris,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 21, 2009 4:34 PM CDT

(Newser) – A case that has taken up the time of the New Jersey court system since 2006 apparently ended today with a judge's ruling that the litigants will share custody of their dog. Dexter, a 6-year-old pug, will spend 5 weeks at a time with each of his owners, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Doreen Houseman said she's eager to lavish "a lot of hugs and kisses" on Dexter, but her ex has other plans: He's considering appealing the ruling.

A local girl walks her pug on Salinas Beach in Ibiza, Spain, June 1, 2007.
A local girl walks her pug on Salinas Beach in Ibiza, Spain, June 1, 2007.   (Getty Images)
This isn't Dexter--it's another pug being held by an animal rights activist during a Nov. 20, 2008, press conference on illegal puppy trafficking, in Rome.
This isn't Dexter--it's another pug being held by an animal rights activist during a Nov. 20, 2008, press conference on illegal puppy trafficking, in Rome.   (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
The owners of Dexter the pug (this is another pug) will have to share custody of him, a judge has ruled.
The owners of Dexter the pug (this is another pug) will have to share custody of him, a judge has ruled.   (©Nicholas Kennedy)
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