Minnesota State Capitol
By The Associated Press
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A bill that would extend domestic abuse protections to pets has cleared the Minnesota Senate with wide support.
The chamber voted 59-7 Monday for the proposal from Democratic Sen. Sandy Pappas of St. Paul.
The bill would let judges include pets in court protective orders and determine who would care for a pet in a domestic abuse case. Minnesota judges already can consider pets in cases of domestic violence, but that authority is not spelled out in state law.
Advocates say many battered women stay in dangerous situations out of fear for their pets. The bill would make Minnesota the 14th state to include pets in domestic abuse protections.
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