Maine Allows Orders of Protection for Animals

According to a NY Times article, Maine now reportedly boasts the first statute expressly permitting animals to be protected under orders of protection.

Experts in domestic violence have long recognized that both threats against pets and actual abuse of pets is an effective means by which abusers often exert control over their intended human victims – and keep them close at hand.

Under Florida statute, abuse of a pet is specified as a factor a court may consider in entering an order of protection.