These states legalize dogs as family pets. 

The Pew Research Center found that 51% of pet owners consider their pets family members. 

Researchers observed that treating dogs as family members is a social trend.  

Pets in some states might become caught in unpleasant custody battles because they are family.  

Like children, dog ownership can be disputed, and a judge may decide who receives custody of the beloved canine.  

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Psychology Today reports that most states use the best interest analysis to determine child custody. 

The ability to care for the dog and its interaction with 

family members are variables in this technique while arguing for custody. 

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