Domestic violence affects everyone living in the home with the abuser, including companion animals. The Oregon State legislature has before it a bill, SB 616, that would give judges the clear ability to include pets under domestic violence restraining orders. Too often the abused person fears not just for his or her life but the life of children and animals. That fear can keep the abused from leaving the abuser, placing all in the home in continued danger. Sixteen states have laws protecting animals in domestic violence situations.Oregon can make it seventeen.
Oregon residents, please contact your representatives and urge them to support SB 616, which passed the Senate and is now in the House Judiciary committee.