Rep. O’Brien’s bill that includes pets in domestic protective orders passes House
STATE HOUSE – Rep. William W. O’Brien’s (D-Dist. 54, North Providence) legislation (2019-H 5023) that would expand Family Court jurisdiction to enter protective orders to provide for the safety and welfare of household pets in domestic abuse situations passed the House of Representatives tonight.
“Often in cases of domestic violence, pets can be severely harmed by the abuser as well. Many states in the country already have laws that include pets in domestic violence protection orders. An innocent animal should not be allowed to be left with dangerous and violent abusers and I thank my colleagues in the House for passing this bill that will protect our dear pets during domestic abuse situations,” said Representative O’Brien.
Representative O’Brien has previously sponsored an animal protection law that requires anyone entrusted with the care and control of an animal, such as a veterinarian or an animal shelter worker, to report any discovered instance of animal cruelty to the proper authorities.
Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio (D-Dist. 4, North Providence, Providence) is the sponsor of the companion legislation (2019-S 0225) in the Senate. President Ruggerio’s bill has already passed the Rhode Island Senate and is currently before the House Judiciary Committee.
Representative O’Brien’s legislation now heads to the Senate for consideration.
For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903