Mississippi Senate Bill 2091 would allow companion animals to be included in protective orders
Mississippi Considers Inclusion of Companion Animals in Protective Orders
New York Considers Allowing Inclusion of Companion Animals in Protective Orders
New York Assembly Bill 510 would allow courts to forbid contact between abuser and any companion animal cared for by a victim in a protective order.
Missouri Considers Allowing Protection Orders to Forbid Animal Abuse
Missouri Senate Bill 71 would allow protection orders to be issued in response to an immediate and present danger to a companion animal and to specify custody of the animal.
New York Considers Criminalizing Sexual Conduct with Animals
New York Assembly Bill 614 proposes to make sexual conduct with an animal a class A misdemeanor and make sexual conduct resulting in the animal’s injury or death a class E felony.
Texas Bill Would Require Public be Informed about Protective Order Options
Texas House Bill 674 would require the Attorney General and State Bar of Texas to inform the public about the provisions that can be included in a protective order, such as prohibiting someone from removing a companion animal from the care of the protected.
New Jersey Bill Establishes Mandatory Reporting for Animal Abuse
New Jersey Senate Bill 3168 proposes to require veterinarians, veterinary technicians, employees of the Department of Child and Families or Department of Human Services Division of Aging, management of residential care facilities, and law enforcement officers to make a report if they have reason to suspect animal cruelty or abuse. The bill would also establish immunity for anyone who makes a report of suspected animal abuse in good faith and amend the definition of domestic violence to include animal abuse.
Kentucky Considers Classifying Violence to Animals as Domestic Violence
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.
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.