As of October 31, 2012, Massachusetts Courts will recognize and enforce what is in essence a Pet Abuse Prevention Order.
The law allows a person to seek an abuse prevention order to prevent another individual from abusing, harming or threatening a “domesticated animal”. The law also allows someone to ask the Court to give them possession of a pet. If the Court declines to order such possession, the care and control of the pet will remain in place. For such a request to be valid, it must be in conjunction with some other action before the Court.
The enactment of this law, as well as the enactment of the law recognizing Pet Trusts, shows that the Massachusetts Legislature is stepping up and providing certain protection for our pets. This is a welcomed trend by many pet owners and those who care about the protection of animals.
 G.L. c. 209A § 11
Peter A. Moustakis is the founder of Moustakis Law LLC
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