A Manhattan man has brought a suit against his ex-girlfriend to try and get his dog back.
The man loves his juggle, Knuckles, as if it were his son and he hasn't seen him in months, stating he believes she took the dog to California.
He wants a judge to force her to bring his baby back.
"I took the step to file suit because there seemed to be no other recourse. I tried my hardest to appeal to her sense of justice and, in general, her emotions. When that did not work, I had no other choice.
You say it is an extraordinary step but I think most pet owners would agree with me. Knuckles is my son, my heart – you would fight just as hard to protect your own children."
He said that his ex–live-in–girlfriend of four years has no claim to the dog. He is registered as the owner, and he's paid for all the vet bills.
The man said they shared joint custody for a while until she began "stonewalling" him and he lost all contact when she moved away.
"He is the most tender dog – just a sensitive, human-like soul. If there was a way to describe or share the experience of being with Knuckles I would.
My words don’t even begin to do him justice."
We can totally understand where he's coming from.
We hope he gets his baby back.