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Money Drain: $60,000 in Court Fees over Dog Custody, Requesting Another $20,000

Yahoo! is doing a story about a man who is spending $60,000 in order to get custody rights to his……..dog. And is now trying to raise more money through donations.

Dershowitz has already spent almost $60,000 in fees – and the fight isn’t over yet. That’s why he’s enlisting kind souls and fellow pet lovers to help, asking for donations to further his cause…

…So far, Dershowitz has collected $410 of the $20,000 he’s asking for.

Lesson Learned:
Let me preface this commentary by stating that I am a HUGE dog lover, pittbulls inparticular. I completely sympathize with feeling like pets are your children, because my pittbull is definitely my fur-child. I’ve known people that have spent thousands upon thousands of dollars for the sake of their pets health. A cat, I would not spend that much on. My dog, however, I would probably spend a pretty penny on if he needed surgery or something.

But there has to be a line drawn on fiscal responsibility and love for your pet.

Part of me feels like this story is just a big news ploy, and most likely it is. But if the court costs are legit, then there are also some priority issues going on between these two people. The bigger problem lies in the fact that the guy has already been given legal custody of the dog, and the girlfriend is filing motions to prevent the case from going through, so in my mind more of the fault lies with her. But as far as the money is concerned, there comes a time (or dollar amount) when you have to pick and choose your battles. I would not think to ruin my future, retirement, or empty my savings for a pet.

Amount Flushed Down the Money Drain: $60,000

About Crystal Groves, Google+

Crystal Groves is a farmer, web developer, musician, blogger, and personal finance enthusiast from the back hills of Maryland and Pennsylvania. She started Money Drain as a project to encourage people interested in fixing their financial situation to share their stories and learn from the stories of others. We all make mistakes, but in order to change we have to make changes.

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