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First-ever Order Of Protection For A Pet!

September 22nd, 2006, 10:33 PM
Late last month, ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement officers arrested 20-year-old Bronx resident Frederick Fontanez for beating a 14-pound bichon frise named Bebe—and prompting a judge to issue the first-ever order of protection in New York for a pet.

On July 20, Fontanez was in the home of Bebe’s owner with the dog. The owner returned that evening to find that Bebe had sustained multiple injuries, including severe bruising on his back and trauma to his left thigh and right eye. Neighbors reported that they had heard Bebe yelping loudly several times during the day. Bebe was taken to a local veterinarian and is expected to recover.

Assistant District Attorney Heather Nicoletti of the Queens District Attorney’s office was granted the order for both the dog and his owner by Judge Alex J. Zigman. Fontanez was ordered to keep at least 100 yards away from Bebe and his owner. “The issuance of an order of protection for a pet in New York is a significant new development,” says the ASPCA’s Joseph Pentangelo, Assistant Director, Humane Law Enforcement. “Oftentimes, animals are caught in the cycle of domestic violence. The ASPCA welcomes this additional tool in the fight against animal cruelty.”

September 22nd, 2006, 10:34 PM
:highfive: That's great! I hope this doggy gets out of the cycle of violence..:(

September 23rd, 2006, 09:39 PM
My first thought is why is he still being allowed to remain in the home. If someone beat my dog, he wouldn't set foot in my home. My dog would never be anywhere near this person again.

September 25th, 2006, 09:09 PM
um, I didn't see where it said he was remaining in the home?? If he has to keep 100 yards from Bebe and the owner, he couldn't step foot in the house without violating the order, unless that is one extremely big house!

jesse's mommy
September 25th, 2006, 09:11 PM
unless that is one extremely big house!

In the Bronx? I doubt it. ;)