A PROTECTION ORDER FOR FIDO? THIS COULD BE BIG!
People who know about domestic violence know how animals are often victims of abusers, and animals are often reasons women find it difficult to get away from an abusive situation. If someone says they will kill the dog if you leave, you think twice about leaving.
Rep. Liz Vazquez (R) of Alaska understands how domestic violence works. She knows abusers use every trick in the book, every controlling thing they can think of to keep their victims under their thumbs. That’s why she is sponsoring Alaska HB 147. The bill would allow courts to include animals in a protective order, which means that if the protection order is violated, there are consequences for the abuser just as if he violated a protection against the human being protected. Think of the possibilities such a bill could have, not only for protecting pets, but also for helping victims and their children.
Rep. Vazquez was born in New York, went to law school at Cornell, served as an administrative law judge and was an assistant attorney general and prosecutor. The first co-sponsor of the bill is Rep. Max Gruenberg (D), who has been an Alaska State representative for 20 years, a decorated veteran of the US Navy, who graduated from Stanford and the UCLA Law School. They are just two representatives at the forefront in what is a law that could have great benefits for victims of domestic violence.
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