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Thanks To Hero Dog, Domestic Violence Shelter Allows Pets


Animals  (tags: dog, domestic violence, shelter, AnimalWelfare, ethics, protection, pets, law )

Lindsey
- 951 days ago - today.msnbc.msn.com
The heroic efforts of one Great Dane continue to have far-reaching effects. And not just for the woman whose life he saved. Last year, a young woman contacted the Rose Brooks Center after her boyfriend had beaten her -- nearly to death -- with a hammer.



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Carol Cowbrough (95)
Monday January 23, 2012, 12:59 pm
Well done this center for starting the ball rolling in allowing pets. There should be more places like this.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday January 23, 2012, 1:42 pm
Aw, very nice to see. Thank you for posting.
 

DORIS L. (61)
Monday January 23, 2012, 1:52 pm
Good to hear the right thing was done. That's one heck of a wonderful Great Dane.
 

Beth M. (244)
Monday January 23, 2012, 2:17 pm
About time. They are part of your family and should be treated as such.
 

Lisa Neste (695)
Monday January 23, 2012, 2:38 pm
Agree with Beth, thanks for posting Lindsey.
 

Dawn Mason (107)
Monday January 23, 2012, 3:30 pm
That's great:)
 

Mary T. (186)
Monday January 23, 2012, 3:35 pm
Thanks Lindsey, This is great news.
 

naomi cohen (44)
Monday January 23, 2012, 5:12 pm
GREAT NEWS. IT IS REFRESHING TO READ ARTICLES THAT HONOR AN ANIMAL INSTEAD OF DESTROYING IT.THANK YOU LINDSEY
 

Kay M. (351)
Monday January 23, 2012, 5:21 pm
thx
 

Sue McGuey (100)
Monday January 23, 2012, 5:30 pm
Noted!~ Glad they are going to allow pets in too.....that's great to read!:))))) Thank god both are doing ok after such horrific attackes!
 

Ingrid A. (530)
Monday January 23, 2012, 6:21 pm
Awesome dog. Glad they are accepting pets and glad the woman and her dog are doing fine.
 

Susanne R. (249)
Monday January 23, 2012, 7:05 pm
What a wonderful story! We read so much about the abuse inflicted upon animals --being skinned alive for their coats or made to suffer a terrible death before being served as a meal --and it always breaks my heart.. And as I read about the abuse this dog willingly accepted to protect its master, it broke my heart again to think that he/she was willing to die for the human he/she loves. I'm glad the abused woman and her dog survived and were removed from their abusive situation, and it's wonderful that the people who run the shelter that took them in came to the realization that pets are important in so many ways. Dogs have more compassion than many humans. I wish all pets could have the loving homes they deserve!
 

Debbie Johnson (116)
Monday January 23, 2012, 7:27 pm
It's all too common in an abusive relationship for the victim's animal to be beaten or even killed as a means of "control" and intimidation. This was a long time coming and should be instituted into every domestic abuse shelter.

Brave, brave dog.
 

Lisa Zarafonetis (177)
Monday January 23, 2012, 8:33 pm
This touched my heart so much! Thank you to the shelter for helping the woman & the precious dog! God Bless all of you ! Shared this on Facebook ! :)
 

Constance F. (433)
Monday January 23, 2012, 8:54 pm
Great post ! Every shelter, whether it's domestic violence, emergency and homeless shelters should change policy to include all pets. That should include hotels and motels too. These animals are our family. Period. I knew a man who chose to be homeless, sleep down at the LA River because he refused to leave his dog. Kudos to him - Shame on the system. I recently learned that in some countries in the EU dogs are allowed everywhere. The US makes it hard for people to keep pets. People who use mass transit can't even take their dog on the bus. This is wrong. More animal lives could be saved if we lived in an animal friendly country and policies reflected that. I am happy to hear about this shelter.
 

Veronica C. (43)
Monday January 23, 2012, 10:05 pm
Good for them! I hope more start!
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 24, 2012, 3:35 am
life has value beyond measure
Peace and Love
 

tammy B. (52)
Tuesday January 24, 2012, 3:50 am
During Hurricane Charlie in Florida, many of the elderly refused to leave their pets (i.e. in many cases their only family) which placed their lives in danger because the emergency shelters would not accept pets. Our neighbor's cat almost died because she was in the house when the roof was torn off, but the boat she usually took refuge in was upset down in our pool and she would have died for sure. I still wonder how many lives were lost during the storm because of the no pet shelter rule. I know many abused families and women who won't leave their animals, in spite the danger.
 

Teresa Cowley (273)
Tuesday January 24, 2012, 4:46 am
Thank you Rose Brooks Center for changing your policy, and adapting your shelter (so magnificantly!) to include the pets.
What a lovely photo of a truly beautiful hero!!
 

John S. (301)
Tuesday January 24, 2012, 6:56 am
Noted.
 

LaurenAWAY Kozen (159)
Tuesday January 24, 2012, 8:01 am
That is really great!
 

Elaine Al Meqdad (228)
Tuesday January 24, 2012, 10:29 am
great story! And who say dogs are not womens best friend as well!
 

Ruth S. (307)
Tuesday January 24, 2012, 10:34 am
Animals have unconditional love for us, they will risk their lives to help us, and I am ashamed to say that not all of the humans would do the same for animals!!

I would beat the living S**t out of the bastard that beat them both!!!
 

Waltraud U. (76)
Tuesday January 24, 2012, 11:13 am
Noted, thanks, great !
I PERSONALLY WISH TORTURERES THAT THEY NEVER CAN SLEEP IN NIGHTS AND BE TORTURED BY THEIR OWN DRAMAS: EMPTINESS IN THEIR BRAINS and HEARTS. SOME DAY THEY WILL MEET THEIR MASTER - I BELIEVE !!!
 

Mm M. (450)
Tuesday January 24, 2012, 3:38 pm
OMGoodness Lindsey! I have Waves coming over me from reading the news at site! It SHOULD always be allowed to have your Pet with you at a Shelter, but this one DESERVE A MEDAL! Laying on top of it's master taking blows...Frankly, my rescue would of rushed at this POS and hopefully, I would have enough time to get a GOLF CLUB to WACK the Screwball!
 

Penny C. (79)
Tuesday January 24, 2012, 8:09 pm
Great story.
 

Edith B. (142)
Tuesday January 24, 2012, 9:06 pm
I am always pleased to hear that another agency is allowing pets. Many people died in Hurricane Katrina because they would not leave their animals. When our house was flooded several years ago, we lost all the furniture on the ground floor because we were moving our cats to higher space instead of saving the tv. One man had the audacity to tell us we were nuts. I told him we can replace a tv easily, but nothing replaces a beloved companion.
 

Danuta Watola (1196)
Wednesday January 25, 2012, 2:59 am
Thanks for the article
 

Robyn M. (123)
Wednesday January 25, 2012, 6:41 am
There is nothing better than our companion animals
 

NicoleAWAY W. (625)
Wednesday January 25, 2012, 9:16 am
thank you for the happy ending Lindsey!
 

Yvonne F. (170)
Thursday January 26, 2012, 10:32 am
Lovely! Thanks for sharing this, Lindsey! What a brave dog! I hope she gets some extra treats!
 

Elaine Al Meqdad (228)
Thursday January 26, 2012, 11:02 pm
This is FANTASTIC NEWS! Thank GOD!!!
 

Mariette G. (150)
Saturday January 28, 2012, 3:20 am
Great news, great shelter and great dog! He is really a very brave dog - a real hero! What a horrible boyfriend! Thanks for sharing Lindsey!
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Sunday January 29, 2012, 4:43 pm
Noted. Thanks.
 
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