2 bills introduced seek to create greater legal protection for pets
March 07, 2017 06:15 PM
Two new bills are being considered by lawmakers that aim to provide owners and their pets more legal protection, especially in cases of divorce and domestic abuse.
The first bill would allow a judge to decide who retains ownership of the pet, regardless of whose name is on the ownership papers.
The second bill aims to prevent an animal being used in a domestic violence situation to control the victim through threats or seek revenge on the animal.
“Companion animals and pets are part of the family and very much an emotional thing for everyone for a lot of people, so we need to be able to make sure they are not being abused or neglected. And, also that they’re not used as leverage against a person to stay in a relationship,” said Representative Joanne J. Ferrary.
CYFD reports abuse or threats of abuse against pets are a common power and control tactic used by abusers. The reports show that 75% of pet-owning women entering women’s shelters reported their abusers had harmed or killed family pets for revenge and control.
Updated: March 07, 2017 06:15 PM
Created: March 07, 2017 05:00 PM
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