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Lab Mix Included in Restraining Order
Panzer becomes the first dog to be protected under a new law in Mass.

This summer Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed a new law that allows pets to be included in domestic violence restraining orders and it's already been put to good use.  

Just before Thanksgiving, a Labrador mix named Panzer became the first animal in Massachusetts to win protection since the new legislation passed. A Marshfield, Mass. woman filed the restraining order against her boyfriend, who had a history of abusing both the woman and Panzer. The 6-year old pup is now staying in a foster home while the woman and her son are in a domestic violence shelter. Once they find a safe place to live, Panzer will be reunited with his family.

Less than half of the United States currently has similar legislation in place. With 85 percent of women entering domestic violence shelters reporting pet abuse in their family, we have to get that number up to 50.  It's critical that we protect the ones we love--both two and four legged.

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JoAnna Lou is a New York City-based researcher, writer and agility enthusiast.
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Submitted by Dave | December 3 2012 |

What are the other states that have similar laws ?

Submitted by JoAnna Lou | December 4 2012 |

There is a list on the Animal Legal and Historical Center web site. It was published earlier in 2012, so it doesn't include MA.

http://www.animallaw.info/articles/ovusdomesticviolencelaws.htm

Submitted by Edward | December 6 2012 |

The cases of pet abuse is increasing now a days. This is a serious concern and needs attention. It is a good news that Panzer got legal protection and it gives a ray of hope that the people abusing the pets will not be spared.
Best Vet Simi Valley

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