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February 27, 2014

STATE HOUSE: Fido and Kitty could be part of protective court orders

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A blog from The State's political team of Cassie Cope, Jamie Self and Andy Shain. Email tips to thebuzz@thestate.com.

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.

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