MAINE GOVERNOR THE FIRST TO SIGN PET-PROTECTION LAW
New law will allow courts to include pets in protection-from-abuse orders.
Domestic violence victims in Maine will soon be able to protect their pets, as well as themselves, thanks to a new law signed by Govenor Baldacci on March 31st. The idea for this law, the first of its kind in the nation, stemmed from a presentation to the Maine State Bar Association, which highlighted the connection between domestic abuse and animal abuse.
Studies have shown that over 70% of women in battered women's shelters came from a home where an animal was also abused or threatened. One woman told police that her husband routinely killed pets to send a message that he was in control and that she and the children had best follow his rules.
The new pet-protection law, which was sponsored by Representative John Piotti, will allow judges to include pets in protection-from-abuse orders. If a pet that is owned by an abuse victim, is threatened or harmed, the abuser will face civil penalties. The law will take effect 90 days after the legislature adjourns.
Remarks by Pepino DeMatello:
“JUDGE LEO™ “ is looking forward to have this LAW established in ALL STATES of the United States of America!
A few years ago, a unique step was taken by then Governor Baldacci from the State of Maine!
“Judge LEO and the World-Animal-Court“ with its Founder Henry Carltonis applauding Representative John Piotti as the Sponsor of that Bill and Governor Baldacci for signing this righteous act of protection into law!
Henry believes that with his animation he can address this real life issue and convince other states to follow the same footsteps;