Advocacy Alert

Florida: Protect Pets from Domestic Violence

Florida: Protect Pets from Domestic Violence

FL H.B. 241/S.B. 1082—Domestic Violence Injunctions for Pets
ASPCA Position: Support
Sponsors: Reps. Sam Killebrew and David Silvers; Senator Ben Albritton

Florida lawmakers recently introduced critical legislation that could protect vulnerable people and animals living in abusive homes.

If passed, House Bill 241 and Senate Bill 1082 would help ensure that family pets can be included in orders of protection, enabling stronger protection for victims of domestic violence and their beloved family pets. Although more than 30 states explicitly allow pets to be included in orders of protection from domestic violence, Florida does not.

In a survey conducted by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 71% of pet owners entering domestic violence shelters report that their abuser had threatened, injured or killed family pets. One study found that 87% of incidents of pet abuse are committed in the presence of the perpetrator’s partner for the purpose of revenge or control.

We need your voice to move this legislation forward!

What You Can Do

If you live in Florida, please use the form below to contact your state legislators today and urge them to support H.B. 241/S.B. 1082.

Thank you, Florida.