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Adjudicator calls for specialized court to tackle pet ownership and custody issues

Thursday, August 24, 2017 @ 2:44 PM | By Donalee Moulton

Nova Scotia small claims court adjudicator Eric Slone is frustrated with being legally compelled to treat Fido like a Ford Focus or other four-wheeled vehicle.

Rebeka Breder, Breder Law“In this less perfect world,” he said in a recent decision, “there is the small claims court operating on principles of property law, treating pets as ‘chattels’ not very different — legally speaking — from the family car.”

Many lawyers believe Slone is barking up the right legal tree and resistance to equating the family pet to the...