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Dog owners like new law that views pets like family members rather than property

If governor Jerry Brown ever gets divorced his dog will be considered part of the family instead of property in court.

Brown signed Assembly Bill 2274 that kicked in on New Year’s Day.

Rather than fighting like cats and dogs in divorce court, judges will treat pet owners more like parents and pets more like children.

Partners splitting up could agree to joint custody.

Justine Meyer was walking her dog in the Douglas Preserve in Santa Barbara when she heard about the law.

Meyers said it’s an animal,” not just a book.”

Kendal Bazemore said she has seen people with pets divorce.

“I’d be heartbroken, just like children, I think, but it’s a problem because you love them equally.”

A newlywed said she would even consider putting it in writing. Korina Clayton joked that she’d consider a dog post-nup to make sure her dogs stay in her care.

Decision in divorce court would be based on the pet’s best interest and the pets everyday caregiver.

California is the third state to adopt the law that appears to be popular among animal rights groups nationwide.

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