New law protects animals |

New law protects animals

Dear Editor:

It has been our experience at RESPONSE that many victims of domestic abuse are reluctant to leave their abusers because they are concerned about the welfare of their animals.

It is well known that many perpetrators of domestic violence also threaten to or actually harm beloved animals. As of July 1, in addition to seeking protection for themselves and minor children, victims of domestic abuse, filing for civil protection orders, can also seek protections for and possession/care of animals.

In addition, elder abuse victims and at-risk adults who are abused may now ask the court to order protections for and arrangements for possession/care of their animals.

Protection order violations of provisions concerning animals are criminal violations.

Peg McGavock

executive director, RESPONSE; Help for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

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