Pet and Women Safety Act

(H.R. 1258/S. 1559)

This legislation will expand federal law to include protections for pets of domestic violence victims and establish a federal grant program that will help ensure that victims have access to safe shelters for their pets. Specifically, the bill aims to assist both female and male victims with pets by: making threats to a pet a stalking-related crime; providing grant funding to increase the availability of housing for victims that accommodates pets; encouraging states to provide coverage for pets under protection orders; and requiring abusers who harm pets to pay veterinary and other expenses incurred as a result.
Status: Reps. Katherine Clark (D-Mass.-5) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.-27) introduced H.R. 1258 on March 4, 2015, and it was referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary and the House Committee on Agriculture.
Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) introduced S. 1559 on June 11, 2015, and it was referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee.
AVMA Position: Support
Primary Contact: Dr. Mark Lutschaunig
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