Canine tug-of-love

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Canine tug-of-love
BICHON MALTESE: Same breed as Bimba, whose separated owners are engaged in a custody fight Photo credit: Berndt Fransson

A BENIDORM court will decide the terms of shared custody for Bimba, a Bichon Maltese.

The dog belongs to a couple who have now broken up and the un-named male’s lawyer has started legal proceedings, alleging that his client’s former partner will not allow him to see Bimba.

According to reports in the Spanish media, he explained that as his former partner took the dog to be microchipped, she appears as the owner of the details registered with the Spanish Network for Pet Identification (REIAC).

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Being deprived of Bimba’s company is causing him “serious moral harm,” the bereft co-owner said, lamenting that his younger daughter does not understand why Bimba cannot be with her on the days when she visits her father.

Instead, he is asking for a court order that will enable Bimba to accompany his daughter whenever she stays with him.

He wants to be recognised as the dog’s co-owner, with the right to enjoy her company during his daughter’s visits while sharing vet’s fees and other expenses.



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Linda Hall
Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.

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