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Fighting Domestic Violence and Violence to Pets


October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Danielle Behan of Purina explains why this matters regarding pets HERE on my WGN Radio Steve Dale’s Pet World show.

Sadly, when there’s domestic violence, pets are often the first victims. And the perpetrator will typically continue to threaten harming the pet,  Indeed at least 70 percent of the time they are harmed or killed. And it’s not unusual for the offender to carry through.

What’s more, very often people won’t leave their violent situation if there is nowhere to flee with the entire family, including the pet, says Behan. And currently in the U.S. only 10 percent of shelters allow victims to take refuge with their pet. And Purina is working with the non-profit Red Rover to change this, so people do have a pet-friendly option to safely escape.

And in the few instances when pets can flee with the rest of the family, there are so many plusses as Behan explains.

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Congressman Dan Lipinski

Congressman Dan Lipinski was a co-sponsor of the PAWS Act – which endeavors to keep and pets together when people seek refuge at a shelter in order to escape domestic violence. And as it happens Purina was one of several partners that managed to get the PAWS Act though.

Former NFL Quarterback and dogfighter, Michael Vicki certainly knew about animal abuse

U.S. Representative Rep. Dan Lipinkski (D-IL-03) co-sponsored and helped to pass the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act of 2019, H.R. 724,which he talks about HERE.  So state lines will not longer be an issue when prosecuting animal cruelty. And to close loopholes in current legislation regarding animal cruelty.  So, put simply, animal abuse is now always a Federal crime. “I thought it was important that we pass a Federal law,” Lipinski tells me.

We discuss how there really is a link….cruelty to animals really is associative to cruelty and violence to people.

Lipinski also explains the House Problem Solver Caucus – and that’s a good think which hasn’t gotten much press.

And this may the first time in weeks a Congressman on either say of the aisle isn’t asked a bit about impeachment.


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