From the Patriot-Ledger - Panzer, a 6-year-old Labrador mix, has become the first animal to win protection under the new state law.
Panzer’s owner, a 38-year-old woman, and her 2-year-old son are living in a shelter out of state to get away from a violent ex-boyfriend who had kicked and dragged the dog in the past. Panzer is living in a foster home until the woman can get established in a safe place and they can all be reunited.
According to the animal control officer:
This new law allows a judge to award the possession of an animal to the victim and to prohibit the accused from abusing, threatening or taking the pet.
More than 70 percent of abused women have reported that their batterers have threatened to hurt or kill their pets. They use these threats to force the women to stay or to refrain from calling the police. Since most shelters don’t allow pets, the women feel trapped into staying in an abusive situation.
The state of Massachusetts convicted a man of animal cruelty after he killed his girlfriend’s 8-week-old puppy. He was sentenced to a one-year jail term.
At least he probably won’t kill anything else for a year.
My question is why do so many women get involved with these scumbags?