A bill Co-Sponsored in the Nevada Assembly by Bernie Anderson & Sheila Leslie would allow courts to take action against DV abusers who harass, intimidate, and otherwise terrorize their partners and families with threats of harm or killing family pets. The bill, AB 282 that passed unanimously in the assembly judiciary committee, and with only one dissent in the Senate judiciary – Mike McGinness, increases or newly provides for terms of imprisonment in county or city jail, or detention facility. “It also allows courts to specify arrangements for care of any animals owned by the abused party.“ [LVRJ]
The Bill received its third read and passage on May 03, in the senate now goes back to the assembly for final disposition before going on to the governor for his signature.
Washoe County Family Court master, Victoria Van Meter, in testimony before the Senate panel stated that animal cruelty illustrated very clearly to the abused and family members “just how brutal and lethal the abuser can be.”