Answered on Jan 27th, 2017 at 5:00 PM
Pet custody cases are increasing in number, and courts take them seriously. While courts consider many factors, if your husband can prove that he was the main caretaker for the dogs and paid all the vet bills, he will likely win, regardless of whether his ex wife shows up in court. However, I'm not sure that you're in the right court. The only court that sends notification to the party you're suing is small claims court, and small claims court doesn't have jurisdication over the kind of case you need to file. That could be why the ex is ignoring him- she might have seen a lawyer who told her he was in the wrong court.