Can An Order Of Protection Include Animals?

Effective July 29, 2010, Senate Bill 1266 which was passed into law (Ch. 276)(2010), will allow a party obtaining an Order of Protection to obtain exclusive custody of a pet or animal and preclude the other party from coming near the animal.

Specifically, the new law states that the “judicial officer may also grant the plaintiff the exclusive care, custody, or control of any animal that is owned, possessed, leased, kept, or held by the plaintiff, the defendant, or a minor child residing in the residence or household of the plaintiff or the defendant, and order the defendant to stay away from the animal and forbid the defendant from taking, transferring, encumbering, concealing, committing an act of cruelty or neglect in violation of Section 13-2910, or otherwise disposing of the animal.”

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