Rep. O’Brien to introduce bill that includes pets in domestic protective orders; continues campaign against animal abuse
STATE HOUSE – Rep. William W. O’Brien (D-Dist. 54, North Providence) will be introducing legislation in the upcoming General Assembly session that would allow pets to be included in domestic protective orders.
“Often in cases of domestic violence, pets can be severely hurt at the hands of the abuser as well. Many states in the country already have laws that include pets in domestic violence protection orders and Rhode Island should follow suit. An innocent animal should not be left with dangerous and violent abusers and that is why I will be introducing this legislation,” said Representative O’Brien.
The legislation would state that in a domestic violence case, the court shall order that the petitioner for the domestic protective order be granted the exclusive care, custody, or control of any animal owned, possessed, kept, or held by either the petitioner, respondent, or a minor child residing in the residence.
Representative O’Brien has sponsored several pieces of legislation that deal with animal abuse. Last year, he saw a bill signed into law that speeds up the process of adopting mistreated or abandoned animals.
For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903