Man Needs $20,000 to Get Dog Back from Ex

PetMD Editorial
May 17, 2012
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NEW YORK - A recently split-up U.S. man is so desperate to get his dog back from his ex that he's gone online to ask for $20,000 to pay the legal fees on top of the $30,000 he's already blown.

"Knuckles was kidnapped by my ex-girlfriend and the legal fees to retrieve him are going to bankrupt me," New Yorker Craig Dershowitz says on the crowd-funding site

Dershowitz accuses his former companion of absconding to California with a dog he loves so much he considers it a "son."

"The bond is as strong as between a child and parent," he says in his plea for help.

He says he's already spent $30,000, but because his ex "is filing frivolous motion after frivolous motion," he's no closer to getting custody.

To attract donors on the site, he offers rewards ranging from a "virtual smooch" for those giving $10, to free entry at a nightclub where he is a doorman for those paying $100, and a graffiti mural for those ready to give $10,000.

The fundraising drive has a month to go. In the last seven days, he's raised $881.

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