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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: January 10, 2017 10:55 AM
From: Representative Ron Marsico
To: All House members
Subject: Protection From Abuse (PFA) and pets
In the near future, I will introduce legislation to amend the Protection From Abuse Act in order to give judges the ability to order the defendant to refrain from abusing the victim’s pets. The Protection From Abuse Act gives judges the ability to order many different kinds of relief in order to stop the cessation of abuse. However, a judge has no explicit authority to order that the defendant not kill or maim a dog or cat of the victim. It is not unusual for defendants to harm a victim’s dog or cat as part of the abuse.

Please join me in sponsoring this important piece of legislation.

Introduced as HB274