Dog Custody Fight: Man Spends $60,000, Goes Online To Raise More Money

A New York City man has spent more than $60,000 in lawyers’ fees trying to win custody of his dog after his ex-girlfriend took the dog to California.

Man spends $60,000 for Dog custodyThirty-four-year-old Craig Dershowitz said he’s gone through his life savings to win back the dog, but it’s worth it. Dershowitz considers his dog, named Knuckles, to be his “son.”
“No, he is not a human being. But, he is a caring, loving being with a soul that I have grabbed and held. He does mean that much to me,” Dershowitz wrote.

In papers filed earlier this year in Manhattan state Supreme Court, Dershowitz said his ex-girlfriend Sarah Brega “kidnapped” Knuckles after they broke up.
Brega says Dershowitz gave her the dog, who is puggle pup — half pug, half beagle.

Now Dershowitz has started a website to raise more money for the custody fight. For $250, contributors can “play fetch with Knuckles.”

Rescue Knux offers a variety of perks in exchange for different donations, ranging from “a virtual smooch” from the dog, for $10, to a customized mural done by “legends of graffiti,” for $10,000. The goal is to raise $20,000 by June 16; as of Monday, $165 had been raised, according to the site.

Dershowitz has also used the site to defend himself against critics who might be aghast at the idea of spending so much money to get custody of a dog. He says they don’t understand the bond between pet owners and their pets, especially one raised from puppy-hood.

“No, he is not a human being. But, he is a caring, loving being with a soul that I have grabbed and held. He does mean that much to me,” Dershowitz wrote.

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