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Dogs Trust calls for Domestic Abuse Bill to include pets
Many refuges do not accept pets, which can act as a barrier to those attempting to flee abuse. (Stock photo)
Perpetrators ‘use pets to maintain power and control’

The Dogs Trust is calling for pet abuse to be included in a new Domestic Abuse Bill when it returns to parliament.

Last week the Joint Committee published a report on the draft Bill, calling for it to be amended to give greater protection to domestic abuse victims, and well as tailoring the response to each individual’s differing needs.

The Dogs Trust welcomed the report but said it was disappointed that it did not mention pet abuse, which evidence has shown is linked to human abuse.

Through its work on the Freedom Project, which offers a fostering service for the dogs of those fleeing domestic abuse, the charity said it knows many perpetrators use a survivor’s pet as a means to maintain power and control.

In addition, many refuges do not accept pets, which can act as a barrier to those attempting to flee abuse.

The Dogs Trust said it will continue to campaign for the bill to include perpetrators’ behaviour towards pets. 

 

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Nominations open for National Cat Awards 2020

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 UK charity Cats Protection has announced that cat owners can nominate their pets for the National Cat Awards 2020 starting today.

The awards take place annually, celebrating heart warming stories of the positive impact that cats have on their owners. Cat owners have until Thursday 12 March to submit their nominations through the Cats Protection website. 

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