Help for pet owners in abusive situations
For pet owners leaving a domestic abuse situation, Animal Care and Control can provide a no cost five day stay for their pet.
The City Council recently approved a measure that will help pet owners in domestic abuse situations. The Domestic Violence Intervention Initiative involves Animal Care and Controlpartnering with the Minneapolis Police Department to identify victims who are afraid to leave a violent domestic relationship because they have nowhere for their pet to go.
In many cases, crisis shelters do not allow pets. There is also a relationship between domestic abuse and animal abuse. Up to 75 percent of domestic violence victims report their partners threatened or killed family pets. Up to 48 percent of battered women delay leaving abusive situation out of fear for the safety of their animals. The City Council will allow Animal Care and Control to provide temporary (five days or less) no cost kenneling for victims in abusive relationships to support them in leaving a violent relationship.