Saturday, March 03, 2007

it's a GOOD idea

some protective orders against people OR animals will NEVER stop an abuser. we see the violence day after day (very recently in connecticut-a woman and her daughter were shot to death and then he killed himself). but it MAY save some pets AND people. some is better than NONE

let's do it connecticut. protect our animals as well as our people

Courts May Protect Pets Legislators Consider Adding Animals, Often Targets Of Abusers, To Protective Orders

By COLIN POITRAS, Courant Staff Writer

A family dog in the oven. A pet rabbit strangled in front of the kids. Bullets left on the fence at a horse ranch.Domestic violence counselors in Connecticut say abusers will stop at nothing to strike fear in the people they seek to hurt or control. Targeting the family pet is too often a tool that brings devastating results.But that may soon change. Following adoptions of similar bills last year in Maine, New York and Vermont, Connecticut lawmakers are considering a bill that would extend domestic violence restraining orders and protective orders to pets."A lot of victims of domestic violence are in horrible positions because abusers will make threats against their pets and carry them out," said Lisa Holden, executive director of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence. "It's a phenomenal way to scare the hell out of someone."Connecticut law allows individuals to seek restraining orders in civil court if they fear domestic violence or to obtain protective orders in criminal court if they are victims of domestic violence in a criminal case. ................

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