Mass. dog protected by restraining order

11/28/2012 | Wicked Local

For the first time in Massachusetts, a restraining order has been granted to protect a dog from domestic abuse. A woman who, with her 2-year-son, fled an abusive boyfriend was granted a restraining order protecting her dog from the man, prohibiting him from claiming the animal. Some 70% of victims of domestic violence report their abusers threaten to hurt or kill a pet as a way to manipulate the victims into staying or to prevent them from calling authorities, according to animal control officer Deni Michele Goldman.

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