A new bill in Washington state could extend protection of domestic violence victims to cover their pets. If passed, restraining orders would now require the abuser to cease all contact with jointly owned animals. [AP]
I'm having to deal with this right now. I'm not talking to an ex-boyfriend/friend because he was being emotionally abusive, but I left my two cats there (I don't move into my new apartment until April 1, have no place for them until then) and I'm terrified for their safety.