NYC woman accused of fleeing with ex-dog claims they co-owned pooch
She barks back.
The woman, who has been accused by her ex-fiancé of fleeing the state with his dog, claims he is making up a big story to ‘pressure her’ – and that she is the one who is actually the ‘main carer ‘ the pooch was, shows a new court document.
Jenna DeMasi, 32, wrote in an affidavit Tuesday that her ex, Keith Glanzman, tried to “bully and intimidate” her and that he was using the dog they owned together to pursue her after their split .
Glanzman, 33, filed a lawsuit against DeMasi last month, alleging that after they called off their wedding, she moved out of their Hudson Square pad and took his dog Frankie and an $11,500 engagement ring to their home brought parents to Connecticut.
But DeMasi fired back Tuesday, claiming that Glanzman was “trying to rewrite Frankie’s story with us to strengthen this litigation,” according to the affidavit she filed in the lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court.
DeMasi claims that they actually picked Frankie out of the adoption agency together and that she “has taken care of her almost every day since the adoption,” her affidavit reads.
“That is clear [Glanzman] tried to file false/fraudulent criminal charges, tried to bully and intimidate me and is now using his older brother’s presumably free services to pressure me into a settlement,” she claims.
Glanzman’s brother is being represented in the lawsuit by Michael Glanzman and another attorney, court filings show.
DeMasi says she found the furry friend herself online and applied to adopt the dog.
Since then, DeMasi has paid for Frankie’s food, paid for pet insurance, and taken the dog to “almost all of her vet appointments and paid for the vast majority of services,” according to the affidavit.
During the pandemic, having been working from home, DeMasi says she was the dog’s “main caretaker.”
In his lawsuit, Glanzman said that not only does he own the dog — which he adopted himself in 2017 when he was only “casually dating” DeMasi — but his therapist “directed him to seek emotional support from his dog” in order to to help him his fear.
But DeMasi says in the court filing that she had Frankie certified as her emotional support dog before Glanzman did.
DeMasi also alleges that Glanzman’s seizures “were caused by his excessive drinking” and that his anxiety and need for therapy stemmed primarily from “his cheating on me … and my concerns about his infidelity,” her affidavit reads.
“It’s incumbent [Glanzman] to address his alcohol problems; It’s not up to Frankie to help him as he’s trying,” the filing reads.
DeMasi claims Glanzman only said he would allow “visits” to Frankie’s to “try to control me and win back my affections,” according to the affidavit.
As for the engagement ring, DeMasi says she always planned to return the ring to Glanzman at the end of her lease, when she received the final payment of his share of the rent. She says she told Glanzman about her plan in an email last month.
DeMasi says she has since received last month’s rent and plans to leave the ring at a jeweler’s for Glanzman to pick up.
Glanzman asked a judge to grant DeMasi an emergency order to return the dog. However, according to DeMasi’s attorney Arlene Gold Wexler, the judge denied that request at a court hearing on Tuesday.
Gold Wexler declined further comment.
Although the emergency order was not issued, the remainder of the case continues to be heard in court over Frankie’s possessions.
Glanzman said, “I strongly deny the false allegations contained in Ms. DeMasi’s affidavit.”
“I look forward to the hearing date set for my request for a restraining order.”
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