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Man prefers ‘best friend’ over girlfriend

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By Caitlin Bewley (1st Yr Swinburne Uni)

A woman has learned a valuable lesson; a dog is man’s best friend, after harassing her then boyfriend for admiring his dog more than her. Jodie Harris was in a relationship with her now ex-boyfriend for six months before going their separate ways six years ago. “They broke up because she [Harris] said she was starting to go a bit crazy,” the accused’s lawyer told the court. On February 28 of this year, the two decided to give it another chance and began messaging one another, which continued on for a few months. Prosecutor Senior Constable Lisa Schoemaker told the court that “On April 22 of this year, the victim sent Harris a photo of him and his dog with the caption ‘the best girl in my life.’” A raging Harris replied to said message saying the victim “shouldn’t be calling the dog your girl,” said the prosecutor. The victim then blocked the accused from being able to contact him until April 26, when a flood of messages came through with one stating that she would “shoot his dog.” The prosecutor said when Harris was questioned by police she told them that she “said it out of anger.” The accused’s lawyer told the court that this anger was due to her suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). “Well, I think you’re better off not in a relationship with this fellow,” Magistrate Simon Zebrowski said. Harris was put on a good behaviour bond for 12-months and when the case was concluded, Magistrate Zebrowski said to the court that “maybe you shouldn’t text your girlfriend that your dog is the best girl in your life.”