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Ohio bill would let protection orders cover pets

May 21, 2014
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio bill would allow cats, dogs and other family pets to be included within the scope of protection orders obtained by victims of domestic violence or stalking.

A state Senate panel approved the proposal Tuesday. Under the measure, courts could issue orders that keep alleged offenders from threatening or interfering with the care of victims’ animals. Judges could also order the removal of pets from alleged abusers and bar them from having any contact with the animals.

Only those pets kept inside the home – not livestock or any wild animals – could be part of such orders.

Judges already can include animals in protection orders, though the bill would put the authority into law.

The measure has support from some animal rights organizations and domestic violence advocates.

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Thank you Ohio for understanding that family pets,
Need equal protection….
Even better yet,
Perhaps a law to protect livestock too
Please see what you can do.

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

6 Comments leave one →
  1. David Scott permalink
    May 21, 2014 12:36 pm

    This is an excellent idea. Long overdue, but welcomed none-the-less. Ohio, please pass this legislation!


  2. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    May 21, 2014 2:31 pm

    Thank you Ohio for understanding that family pets,
    Need equal protection….
    Even better yet,
    Perhaps a law to protect livestock too
    Please see what you can do.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. May 21, 2014 2:50 pm

    Perfect, hon, I love it, thank you! (And I agree that livestock should be held to the same standards and then none would be exploited and killed.)

    Liked by 1 person


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