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Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal announced today that a measure she authored that protects companion animals from abuse and punishes animal cruelty has passed in the New York State Assembly and Senate. Rosenthal was elected in a February special election with the help of the League of Humane Voters of New York City (LOHV-NYC).

This legislation – the first of its kind in New York State – allows family courts to include companion animals under the provisions of a court order of protection (A.10767-A). The measure prohibits the intentional injuring or killing, without justification, of any companion animal that the subject of the court order knows to be owned by the victim. New York is only the third state in the nation to pass such a measure.

“Sadly, reprehensible individuals who abuse their spouses or children often also direct their rage toward innocent pets,” Rosenthal said. “To stop such senseless acts of cruelty, family pets and other companion animals must be given adequate protection in cases of domestic violence.”

“The speedy manner in which Linda has managed to pass this legislation in Albany shows her dedication to humane legislation,” said John Phillips, LOHV-NYC’s Executive Director. “Even though she’s only been in office for four months, she has already proven herself to be a wonderful ally.”

Domestic violence experts indicate that many men who abuse their spouses or girlfriends have threatened to harm, assault and even kill their animals as a form of abuse and control. Nationwide, police departments, social workers and animal protection organizations report a definitive link between abuse and animal cruelty. Maine and Vermont have already adopted measures to protect animals in domestic violence casers, and Illinois is considering similar legislation.

Rosenthal has said her legislation gives family courts the authority to stem the tide of animal cruelty by domestic abusers.

“For many New Yorkers, pets are an integral part of the family,” Rosenthal said. “Court orders provide protection for spouses, significant others, and children in domestic violence cases – they should also protect those who cannot speak or stand up for themselves. I urge the governor to promptly sign this bill of compassion into law.”

Please urge the Governor to sign this bill (A.10767-A) into law immediately. Call (518) 474-8390 or go to  http://161.11.3.75/govemail to email him.

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