Court splits dog custody to former neighbors

  • A rift between two former neighbors has resulted to them sharing custody of a Labrador retriever mix
  • Pinellas County Judge Lorraine Kelly recently said Tina Marie Walker, 53, and David Somerville, 68, each have a right to Elario, a 4-year-old, 100-pound Labrador and must abide by a visitation calendar to share custody

A Florida court ruling awarded ex-neighbors ownership of a 100-pound dog with shared custody rights.

According to Albawaba, Pinellas County Judge Lorraine Kelly recently said Tina Marie Walker, 53, and David Somerville, 68, each have a right to Elario; a 4-year-old, 100-pound Labrador and must abide by a visitation calendar to share custody.

“Both parties have spent a great deal of time with the dog,” Kelly wrote in her ruling, the Tampa Bay Times reported. “Witnesses say he shows great affection to both of his humans.”

Elario now stays with Somerville every other weekend from Friday to Tuesday under a schedule worked out by the judge.

Walker told Fox 13 she took care of Somerville, a Vietnam vet, after he had lung cancer surgery.

“I loved him, for two-and-a-half years I took care of him,” she told the station. “So I don’t understand this at all. I’m betrayed, I’m broken-hearted, my dog is split up.”

Walker is appealing the court’s decision.