Animals and the Law: Spotlight on Protection Orders

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In this post, I will be discussing orders of protection for companion animals and the relationship between animal abuse and interpersonal violence. Not every state provides protective orders for pets; because of this, I have written up a form letter that you can send to your lawmakers which details why the law in your state for orders of protection should be expanded to include pets. The letter, which you are free to modify and share, is posted at the end of the article. Not sure if your state already protects pets? Please refer here for an up-to-date list of states.


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