Animal welfare and domestic violence groups have found common cause in recent years amid growing interest in connections between animal cruelty and family abuse. Those links have spurred about two dozen states to start letting pets be included in protective orders since 2006; others are considering it, including New Hampshire and Ohio.
I’d like to see more of this. I’ve been involved in a few cases where we boarded an abused spouse’s pet while they went to a shelter. It’s a scary situation, especially when the abuser comes looking for the pet and wants to take him or her home. We as small animal hospitals aren’t set up nor trained to deal with these situations. It would relieve a lot of stress on pet and owner alike if they were allowed to stay together.