Animal abuse includes physical harm to pets including kicking, hitting and killing as well as neglect in which a pet/animal is refused water, food and shelter.
Research and statistics show a link between animal abuse and domestic violence. An abuser may threaten to harm a pet to maintain power and control over the victim. These threats can make it difficult for victims to leave their abuser.
Under NH law a victim can ask for protection of their pets through a domestic violence or stalking restraining order. HAVEN provides resources to help assist victims and their animals. Please call our 24-Hour Hotline for more information 1-603-994-SAFE (7233).