- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Alaska lawmakers heard testimony on a bill addressing pet custody and protections.

The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday considered Rep. Liz Vazquez’s bill but did not move it out of committee.

The bill would direct the court to consider an animal’s best interests when deciding who gets to keep a pet, such as a dog or cat, in a divorce. It also would allow a domestic violence victim to file a petition with the court to get a pet out of an abuser’s household.

Vazquez said she introduced the bill because she loves animals and wants more consideration for pets in a divorce, and as another way to protect domestic violence victims.

Most of the testimony supported the bill, but a statewide advocacy group for domestic violence victims opposed it.

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