A dog is credited with saving a woman and her child from an abusive home in Southwest Florida. Stories like this are reasons why Florida lawmakers want to pass new protections for pets into law.
Two new bills are being considered in the state to protect pets in abusive relationships.
Studied show abusers can use a victim’s love for a pet as a source of control. Domestic violence victims who make it to shelters report their abusers threaten to injure or kill family pets. And, most of the time, that threat is carried out in front of the victim.