Divorcing couple auctions dog because they can’t agree on who keeps it

The dog is worth almost €3,500

A COUPLE getting a divorce put their dog up for auction after they were unable to agree who would keep it.

The dog was valued at almost €3,500 in a court in Lugo, but an animal rights association wants the auction stopped, claiming that it is illegal and treats the dog like an object.

The dog is a Boston Terrier called ‘Boss’ and the bid, which opened on February 11, is scheduled to end on March 3.

The minimum bid has been set at €1,715.

Apparently one of the two members of the couple offered a solution, but the other refused and took the case to court and auction the valuable dog so they can later split the money.

Anyone can bid, but the couple can stop the process if they change their minds.

The Franz Weber Foundation, specialised in environmental and wildlife protection, reported that they will request that it be stopped immediately. They claim it is against EU regulations which classify animals as “sentient beings”. They find it ethically incorrect.

However, the court in Lugo has said the auction is in accordance with the law and that it is common to auction cows and horses, so a bid cannot be stopped just because we find dogs “cuter than other animals”.


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Jennifer Leighfield

Jennifer Leighfield, born in Salisbury, UK; resident in Malaga, Spain since 1989. Degree in Translation and Interpreting in Spanish, French and English from Malaga University (2005), specialising in Crime, Forensic Medicine and Genetics. Published translations include three books by Richard Handscombe. Worked with Euro Weekly News since November 2006. Well-travelled throughout Spain and the rest of the world, fan of Harry Potter and most things ‘geek’.

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