Domestic violence affects everyone in a household, and that violence frequently extends to the pets of their victims. This weekend, Chewy, a three-month-old miniature Chihuahua puppy, was one of a pair of survivors of domestic violence. Left with this note,
“My owner was in an abusive relationship …. My boyfriend kicked my dog when we were fighting and he has a big knot on his head. He probably needs a vet”,
the innocent pup was found in an airport bathroom in Las Vegas, with injuries to his jaw and head. Chewy’s distraught owner had made the difficult decision to get them both to safety and arrived at the airport, only to face further heartbreak – “(she) couldn’t afford me to get on the flight. She didn’t want to leave me with all her heart but she has NO other option.”
Thanks to a Good Samaritan, Chewy is now safe with Connor and Millie Rescue (CMDR), and is quickly recuperating from what must have been a tragic experience for himself and his distraught owner. “I love Chewy sooo much, please love and take care of him. xoxoxoxo.“
CMDR posted this reassuring message, along with the note and the photo of Chewy, “Please share in hopes that his mom sees this that she was brave to leave and that he will have a great life.”
According to statistics, 48 percent of women stay with abusive partners or delay their escape because they fear leaving their pets behind. If you are in an abusive situation but have pets and are afraid to leave because of them, please know there are options and safe houses available throughout the country. It’s vital to the safety of your pet to bring them with you if you leave. Please click here or here for places in your state that can provide a safe haven for you and your pets, or visit safeplaceforpets.org
Unsurprisingly, there has been an overwhelming amount of interest in Chewy, according to CMDR. But there is only one Chewy and there are so many other animals in need of homes.
“They too were a Chewy : they’ve lost their home through no fault of their own. Life is tenuous in a shelter, lonely and the days seem endless in a cage.”
If you have room in your home for a Chewy or someone like him, please check out CMDR, or as they pronounce it “Commander“, on this link, or visit the Animal Foundation in Las Vegas, to find your new best friend. Maybe it’ll be Boomer! Tell them “Chewy sent me!” If you’d like more stories about animals, please subscribe to ShelterMe.tv or follow us on Facebook!