Custody Battles over Pets—Now It’s Jennifer Love Hewitt v. Ross McCall

Well, it was almost an amicable split. From Jennifer Love Hewitt embroiled in a custody battle over her dog:

Despite an amicable split from fiance Ross McCall earlier this month, neither party can bear to be separated from their boxer Mona.

Jennifer is even believed to be resorting to dirty tricks to win the pooch’s loyalties.

A source revealed to the New York Daily News newspaper: “Jennifer is even attempting to change Mona’s name so that when Ross calls, the dog won’t come.”

These pet custody fights seem to be more and more common. A few months ago we cited the article Playboy Playmate fights husband for custody of Chihuahua (, 11/17/08):

The subject of a bitter custody battle between a Playboy model and her husband is their Chihuahua, Bonnie. March 2008 Playmate, Ida Ljungqvist, is being accused by her estranged husband, Joshua R. Lang, of wrongfully taking the pooch when she split on September 11.

“I love Bonnie and miss her tremendously,” Lang stated in a sworn declaration submitted to the court, adding that the dog was like his “child.” He is asking a Santa Monica Superior Court judge to issue an order forcing the voluptuous brunette to return the Chihuahua to him, or allow visitation rights every other week.

Ljungqvist’s attorneys insist that Lang bought the dog as a gift to her, and that she will not be returning it. Born in Tanzania to a Swedish father and Tanzanian mother, Ljungqvist, 27, is the first Playmate to have been born in Africa.

Lang denies that the dog was a gift and claims that he was Bonnie’s primary caretaker: walking her, taking her to the dog park, hiking around Malibu with her, and traveling with her to San Francisco and Arizona. He even got a dog trainer and people who frequent the Barrington Dog Run in Brentwood to sign a petition supporting him…

I wrote:

Mixed emotions on this one. On one hand, Ljungqvist’s tactics obviously mirror those commonly used by mothers against fathers.

On the other hand, it’s just a dog. I guess I can’t really comment fairly on this–I’ve never understood people’s obsession with their dogs and cats.

I guess I feel the same way about Jennifer Love Hewitt’s apparent attempts to separate the dog from her ex…

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