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NEW LAW: Pets Can Now Be In Protective Orders

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Iowa judges can now include pets in protective orders.

Governor Branstad signed Senate-File 2118 into law on Friday.

The change follows a study by the American Humane Society that found 70-percent of women entering shelters reported their abuser had injured or threatened their pet.

Supporters also say victims of domestic abuse often stay with their abuser because they are worried about the safety of their pet.

“Gave them one little bill; one little piece of legislation that will hopefully make a difference in their life,” bill supporter Adrienne Smith said.

The bill only extends to companion pets and not commercial livestock.


  • Coffee Pot

    70 percent of women in shelters would tell you that their husbands planned 9-11 too. And just who is going to pay for the animals keep while she is in a shelter? Wait don’t tell me, the one who claims the dog first gets to keep the house. I got it.
    All these domestic laws, look to me like they had better plans and laws before they came up with all these laws.

    • Animal lover

      you are a jerk. sometimes a faithful pet is the only friend these abused women have. so, when the abuser knows that beating you doesn’t scare you any more, he threatens to hang or disembowel your friend. The women know if they leave, they will be leaving their best friend behind to be tortured.
      Yes, people can become very attached to animals. Animals love unconditionally. Who knows, you might even be able to find one that would love you.

  • Jay

    Coffee Pot, sounds like you were on the wrong end of a protectoin order at some point in your life. As strange as it might be to you, some people actually are attached to their pets and don’t want to see some low life (no names mentioned) abuse their pet because they managed to escape the abuse.

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