Pet Protection within DV Protection Orders

Currently 29 states, in addition to D.C. and Puerto Rico, include pet protection in domestic violence protection orders. Called “An Act Further Regulating Animal Control,” a section of the law stipulates that possession of an animal may be awarded to a victim to “prohibit the accused from abusing, threatening or taking a pet.” Previously, a judge could only mandate that the accused stay away from the victim and their child(ren).

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