Kentucky Bill Request 243 proposes amending the law to include violence against an animal when used as coercive conduct as part of the definition of domestic violence and abuse.
Kentucky Considers Classifying Violence to Animals as Domestic Violence
New York Considers Allowing Courts to Decide Companion Animal Ownership
New York Assembly Bill A10333 proposes to allow a court to determine the ownership of a companion animal in a divorce, separation, or action taken by roommates against one another.
Companion Animals and Domestic Violence Protection
An article published in the Florida Bar Journal argues that some provisions of domestic violence law should also apply to companion animals, giving family court judges more power over these custody disputes.
New York Considers Legislation to Require Animal Abuse Investigation to Trigger Other Investigations
New York Assembly Bill 9948, if enacted, would make it so that the office of children and family services would be required to investigate any individual investigated or accused of animal abuse.
Missouri Bill Would Allow Protective Orders Based on Abuse of a Pet
Missouri House Bill 2626 would authorize courts to issue a protective order based on the abuse of a pet, including an order of temporary custody of the pet(s) at issue.
Legislation Would Allow Therapy Dogs in Federal Courtrooms
Senate Bill 1029, The Courthouse Dogs Act, would make clear that federal courts have the authority to allow certified therapy dogs in courthouses to assist survivors of trauma as they testify.
Florida Bill Would Allow Courts to Care for Animals in Domestic Violence Cases
House Bill 241 would allow courts to take certain actions regarding the care and possession of animals during domestic violence actions. The text of the full bill has not yet been filed.