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Apr 13, 2006

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New Maine Law Expands to Protect Pets

Susan Walsh testified before state legislators about how a previous pet dog and a sheep were killed by her abusive husband.

By JERRY HARKAVY (Associated Press Writer)
From Associated Press
April 11, 2006 6:12 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine - Spurred by growing evidence of a link between domestic
violence and animal abuse
, Maine has enacted a first-in-the-nation law that
allows judges to include pets in protection orders for spouses and partners
leaving abusive relationships.

In helping pets, advocates hope to help battered women and others who aren't
willing to abandon their animals to be saved themselves.

"This is a very innovative, new approach, and it makes perfect sense because
the protection order is a critical stage for women and others seeking
protection," said Nancy Perry of the Washington, D.C.-based Humane Society
of the United States.

Gov. John Baldacci says the law, which provides for civil penalties such as
fines or jail time for those who violate a protection order, should give
pause to abusers who might resort to violence or threats against pets as a
means of keeping their victims from leaving a relationship...

Read the full article: http://tinyurl.com/qd867


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Posted: Thursday April 13, 2006, 7:38 pm
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