According to a recently proposed law in Alaska, pets would get the same consideration as children in domestic violence and divorce cases.
The bill, which was introduced by Alaskan legislators earlier this week, seeks to protect family pets who are often used as emotional punching bags in domestic disputes.
"More and more animals are used by an abuser for punishment, manipulation or revenge against a victim," said Rep. Liz Vazquez, a Republican from Anchorage. "They will threaten to kill, maim or torture a pet to gain control over the family."
Vazquez further comments on how victims will often stay in difficult situations for fear of leaving their pets behind, so the new legislation allows for the pets best interest to be considered - those pet owners who neglect or abuse their pets would be required to pay room and board under the new law.
Way to go Alaska!
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