Dog At The Center Of Heated Custody Battle

OMAHA A custody battle has an Omaha family digging in, however, it's not over a child.

The Wilson family began fostering Kaiya, a nine-year-old golden retriever, last March. Since that time the Wilson family said she's made herself at home.

"She has the full run of the house," said Roger Wilson.

While the family is technically fostering the dog they recently made the decision to make Kaiya a permanent member of their home, but the Wilson's request to adopt the dog was denied without details as to why. Seeking answers the family approached the Golden Retriever Rescue in Nebraska for more information.

Roger Wilson even told the President he was filming a recent interaction when the President came to the Wilson home. The President can be heard on camera telling Wilson, "I'm not going to talk to you about this on camera, I'm here to transport Kaiya."

Instead, Kaiya stayed with the Wilsons. They had taken her to their daughter's home.

"I'm not going to give her up," said Wilson. "I'll fight tooth and nail all the way to the end. The dog belongs with us."

Wilson told WOWT 6 News Fact Finders that he doesn't understand how his family is fit to foster a dog for more than a year, but aren't considered fit to give Kaiya a permanent home.

The president of the Golden Retriever Rescue in Nebraska said that an 11 person board will hear an adoption appeal at a later date. Since the panel is made up of volunteers it hasn't been decided when that will happen.

WOWT 6 News asked whether any legal action is planned by the rescue to get the dog back, however, the president declined to comment.