A bill pending in the S.C. General Assembly would allow judges to issue emergency protective orders for pets who live in violent homes.
S.C. Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter, D-Orangeburg, said the bill is not a joke.
It is a well-documented fact that people who abuse women and children also abuse family pets. They use their victims’ love for the pet as a way to manipulate them, Cobb-Hunter said.
“There’s an attachment to pets and a love for pets that an abuser understands,” she said.