Lockdown has created a surge in dog custody battles in the UK, with enquiries up by 250%, a family law firm has warned.
Dog adoptions have soared during lockdown as couples spend increasing lengths of time at home, a factor which has simultaneously led to unprecedented levels of couples divorcing!
The data from national solicitors firm Richard Nelson LLP, comparing August 2020 with January 2021, shows a 290% increase in traffic to its dog custody services as couples argue over who will care for their dog.
In preparation for a surge in battles over dogs post-lockdown, the chain of solicitors has launched a custody service dedicated to our furry friends during the pandemic.
Dog behaviourist Nick Jones said: “Divorce or relationship break-ups are stressful enough for humans and at times it is unavoidable that the dog remains with one of the couple, or in worst case situations is rehomed altogether. This can leave the dog feeling displaced and unsettled and for some dogs, this effect may be devastating as the dog tries to adapt to its new circumstances in day to day living.”