Maine law allows the inclusion of animals under temporary and permanent protection orders in cases of domestic violence, including dogs, cats, horses and other farm animals. Abuse victims routinely cite fear for the safety of pets as a reason they remain in abusive situations. Nearly 63% of Maine homes have at least one pet, according to the AVMA, and domestic abusers often threaten to harm or kill a pet to manipulate a spouse or partner and children. Mistreatment of animals and humans is connected in another way, too: Animal abuse is often a predictor of violence against people.
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