New Hampshire is the latest of a growing number of US states to draft legislation that would give victims of domestic violence the right to ask a judge to award them custody of their pet.  The Bill, which was before the state’s lower house on Wednesday, would extend the protection already offered to human victims of domestic violence to household animals.  According to the National Link Coalition, which has carried out extensive research on the mistreatment of animals, pet abuse should not be considered as an isolated incident but as a warning that other members of the household are in danger.

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