In Texas, as under the Anglo-American common law, dogs are property. The Texas Supreme Court recently emphasized this legal position in a case that began by acknowledging that Texans love their dogs but holding that no emotional-related damages may be collected by a plaintiff for harm to a dog.

Texas divorce law is no different. A dog is lumped in with other marital property and gets divided with the other marital assets, without regard to the parties’ relationship with the pup, or where the pup is likely to be happier.