In so many cases of domestic violence, pets are often caught in the crossfire. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 40 percent of domestic violence victims usually have a difficult time leaving their abuser as they are concerned with leaving their pet behind.
Thankfully, a new law was passed in Massachusetts as of October 31, 2015 protects not only the rights of pets in domestic violences cases but the pet’s owner under similar orders of protection.
For many, a pet can be a comforting and healing, so for anyone who has suffered at the hands of an abusive partner they may need their pet more than anything. If it wasn't for this new law in Massachusetts, 6-year-old Labrador retriever mix, Panzer, was protected and through a women's resource agency was given the opportunity to escape with her pet 'that had been her best friend through thick and thin.'
But saving animals from potential domestic violence situations doesn't just stop and end with one passed law. Currently, the American Kennel Club (AKC) has started the Humane Fund, which is a nonprofit funding women’s shelters around the country that take in survivors of domestic violence and their pets.
If you want to continue to help more or don't know if there is a law in your state or province, contact your local councillor to let them know this is an important issue with only two-dozen states recognizing and taking notice.