GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA

SESSION 2009

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SENATE BILL 1062*

 

 

Short Title:        Strengthen Dom. Vio. Protective Orders/Pets.

(Public)

Sponsors:

Senators Boseman;  Kinnaird and McKissick.

Referred to:

Judiciary II.

March 31, 2009

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED

AN ACT strengthening domestic violence protective orders to provide for the protection of pets.

The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:

SECTION 1.  G.S. 50B-3(a) is amended by adding the following new subdivisions to read:

"(a)       If the court, including magistrates as authorized under G.S. 50B-2(c1), finds that an act of domestic violence has occurred, the court shall grant a protective order restraining the defendant from further acts of domestic violence. A protective order may include any of the following types of relief:

(14)      Provide for the care, custody, and control of any animal owned, possessed, kept, or held as a pet by either party or minor child residing in the household.

(15)      Direct a party to refrain from the cruel treatment or abuse of an animal owned, possessed, kept, or held as a pet."

SECTION 2.  This act is effective when it becomes law.