Television’s Judge Judy can undoubtedly lay down the law but in one case involving a little poodle, some practical wisdom won the day.
A clip from a 2012 episode of the Judge Judy show has recently resurfaced and amazingly been viewed nearly 7 million times. The segment featured a case involving two parties claiming ownership of the same dog.
The defendant in the case claimed she legally bought the white poodle, named Baby Boy, from someone on the street for $50. She produced paperwork which she said showed that her vet told her the dog was a different age than the one the plaintiff claimed was his.
The plaintiff, on the other hand, insisted that the dog was his and was sold without his consent or knowledge.
In the edited clip of the episode, Judge Judy Sheindlin decided Baby Boy would be the best one to decide his own fate. She ordered him to be brought in to the courtroom.
“Madame, listen to me carefully,” she said as Baby Boy made his entrance. “Put the dog down! Put the dog down.”
The pup made a straight run for the plaintiff, wagging his tail and jumping at his leg as the courtroom erupted in applause.
The defendant attempted to say the dog “does that with everybody,” but the judge was having none of it.
Directing the plaintiff to pick up his pooch, which he did as he wiped away emotional tears, Judge Judy closed the case.
“That’s all. Take the dog home,” she said.
“This means everything in the world to me,” the man said in a post-hearing interview. “This is like my child.”
The segment is enjoying its second life online as views of the viral video continue to climb.
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brilliant and simple
— Wenz World Radio (@WenzWorldRadio) August 16, 2017
This is like a modern day King Solomon story. Except without the threats to cut a baby in half of course.
— 👾 Jason, Actually (@TheRealAbed) August 16, 2017
She’s a smart lady! Love Judge Judy
— G. Diane Stewart (@GDianeStewart1) August 16, 2017
Watching dogs reunite with their owners always brings tears to my eyes!!!
— MariaATX (@atx_maria) August 16, 2017
Beautiful! Animals know who love them and who doesn’t.
Right on Judge Judy!
— David (@DavidDap10254) August 17, 2017
Proving once and for all that she is the most reasonable judge ever. God bless her. This video is pure awesome
— Sean M. (@sean5900) August 17, 2017
Now that made us feel good!
— Rock&RollKitchens (@ChefLarryEdward) August 16, 2017
Justice prevails. ❤️❤️👏👏🐶
— MP (@Cowgirlmp) August 16, 2017
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