"Instead of regarding Joey like a piece of property, the judge — who gives the full disclosure that he owns a 12-year-old rescued pit bull mix named Peaches — will schedule a hearing to determine his fate."
Historically, pets have been treated as property. In this landmark case, the judge is actually going to investigate "the best interests" of the dog - a standard generally reserved for children. Times, they are a changing.
Landmark custody battle over dog in divorce | New York Post