Rep. Jacque Frank (R- DePere), the state assemblyman who co-authored the bill with Sen. Tim Carpenter (D -Milwaukee), shared his reaction: “I am elated that the protections for victims and companion animals within this legislation will remove one more element of manipulation, intimidation and retaliation that abusers wield over their victims. This very meaningful change is long overdue, and vital to implement.”
Our thanks to all who worked so hard to see this pass. We looking forward to sharing the news on when SB97/AB141 becomes state law.
For information on the link between animal abuse and domestic violence: http://nationallinkcoalition.org/
Denice Ryan Martin, a volunteer with Wisconsin Voters for Companion Animals, is a freelance writer, licensed social worker and animal welfare advocate. She first wrote about this topic in May 2013. http://www.wivotersforcompanionanimals.com/blog/leave-no-pet-behind-why-wisconsin-needs-a-law-to-protectpetsfrom-domestic-violence