He saved her life.
June 12, 2012 7:19 PM Subscribe
posted by Lou Stuells (58 comments total)
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When her boyfriend tried to kill the woman with a hammer, her fearless Great Dane jumped in the way
, laying over her body and taking most of the blows until the man threw both of them out of a second story window. The dog suffered multiple broken bones in the attack, sparing his owner’s life in the process.Studies by the American Humane Society show that nearly half of battered women delay leaving an abusive environment because they fear for a pet’s safety.
84 percent of women in domestic violence shelters report that their abusers also abused pets in the home and 40 percent of women report they’re unwilling to leave their abusers
because they fear for the safety of their pets.
Despite their injuries, the woman was able to escape with her dog, and eventually made her way to the Rose Brooks Center
. When they offered her a bed and told her no pets were allowed, she was defiant, and for the first time in its history, the shelter overlooked regulations and allowed the dog to stay
That decision would eventually lead to a permanent change in policy.
broke ground last fall for a new wing that will add four bedrooms with baths, a play area, a health clinic and therapy rooms. To this expansion, they will add a pet shelter, making Rose Brooks Center the first domestic violence shelter in the region to welcome pets.