Larry insisted that he was living a dog’s life — and he blamed that on his wife, Carrie, who had a tremendous affection for canines.

If she came upon a dog which appeared to need help, Carrie would bring it back home with her. She would find them wandering aimlessly in her neighborhood or shivering under someone’s front porch to avoid the cold blasts of winter.

Or, she might spot a pooch barking loudly under someone’s kitchen window hoping to get a food handout.

She might also be spotted chasing after the dog catcher’s wagon hoping to get one or more canines released from custody.

Finally, she found herself one less mouth to feed.

Her husband packed his things and moved out of what was once “Home Sweet Home.”

Carrie in turn sued Larry for a divorce on the grounds of desertion and demanded that Larry provide her with support.

“I had to move out,” Larry insisted in court. “I was not living in a house, I was living in a kennel. I was no longer home at home.”

“Larry’s just making a mountain out of a molehill,” Carrie responded. “The truth is, the dogs loved Larry as much as I do.”

IF YOU WERE THE JUDGE ...

Would you grant Carrie a divorce and require Larry to pay her support?

THIS IS HOW THE JUDGE RULED ...

NO!

The judge held that Carrie overdid the bit about dogs being a man’s best friend. By harboring so many dogs in their home, as she did, concluded the judge, Carrie had created a health hazard, which justified Larry packing his bags and leaving Carrie.

Based on a 1973 North Carolina Supreme Court decision.

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