Pets Considered Special Effects in New Bill Signed
Washington State Lawmakers have approved legislation that would include pets as "Personal Effects" when a court issues a Domestic Violence Protective Order.
The new law would let victims take their pets when they remove personal effects to leave abusive situations.
"For a lot of victims... especially when an animals' been their emotional support, it's their baby to them... there's no way that they're gonna leave them in harms way." Says Erinn Gailey of Domestic Violence Services.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Brendan Williams of Olympia, has passed both chambers. It will now go back to the House for amendments and then head to the Governor's desk for final approval.