Assemblymember Brian Maienschein recently announced that his Assembly Bill 494 (AB 494) passed out of the Assembly with unanimous support and is now on its way to the Senate. This bill seeks to expand sections of state law to meet with the Domestic Violence Prevention Act by protecting companion animals for victims in cases of civil harassment, elder abuse, and juvenile dependency. Assemblymember Maienschein explained, “I am pleased that AB 494 has received so much support. This bill will provide much needed protection to victims of abusive relationships by expanding the application of all restraining orders in California Law to include a victim’s pets. AB 494 is an important step to help victims free themselves from these situations and to stay protected from their abuser.” Assemblymember Maienschein of San Diego represents the 77th Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes the Scripps Ranch community.