View Full Version : Albertan ordered to pay $200 a month pet support

08-22-2004, 07:14 AM
EDMONTON - For the first time in Canada, a court has ordered a man to give his ex-wife monthly support payments for their dog.

Kenneth Duncan, a truck driver in Edmonton, was told to pay $200 a month in alimony towards the upkeep of Crunchy, a St. Bernard.

Alberta Justice Donald Lee rejected Duncan's request to pay a monthly $25 towards feeding the big four-year-old, arguing a dog the size of a St. Bernard would eat quite a bit more than a small breed.

Had Crunchy been a child, the monthly payment would have been $691, based on Duncan's annual salary of $84,000.

The court also ordered Duncan to make a retroactive payment of $2,000, and did not give him visiting rights. Besides food, the money will go toward health bills and general caregiving.

It's the first time a Canadian court has elevated a pet above chattel status in divorce proceedings. Normally, pets are ranked with furniture and non-living household property, and given a lesser value.

But U.S. courts are increasingly ruling pets are more akin to children. American judges have begun to rule on joint custody, visitation rights and support payments.

The result is a whole new branch of litigation and legal websites dedicated to fighting for the rights of a pet in the event of a divorce.

The story (http://www.cbc.ca/story/canada/national/2004/08/09/dogsupport_040809.html)


08-22-2004, 08:25 AM
Wonder how much a goldfish is worth?


08-22-2004, 09:19 AM
Are the lawyer's really that hard up? Seems like the courts are overloaded as it is.

08-23-2004, 04:47 AM
That might just be the first dog to ever be put on a mafia's hitlist.