This Great Dane helped save his owner’s life by using his body to protect her from an abusive boyfriend. The boyfriend had been hitting the woman with a hammer and the Great Dane covered her body with his. Both the dog and woman were injured but were taken in by the Rose Brooks Center, which is a shelter for victims of domestic violence. Now, the Center is adding a new pet-friendly wing so women can bring their pets. Here’s the story from kctv5.com:
The center had arranged for space for the woman. But the shelter did not accept animals and the woman refused to abandon “her angel,” Miller said.
"She was not going to leave her pet alone with him," she said.
Knowing the woman’s life was in danger, the shelter made an exception and took in the heroic dog.
"Forty percent of the women will not leave their pets, so they live in their cars or they stay. They risk their own life or the life of their children," she said.
At least one woman lived in her car for four months while waiting to get into a pet-friendly shelter.
The Great Dane became the first four-legged companion in the shelter. But he won’t be the last.
Rose Brooks is working on adding 25 beds to the shelter. They realized adding a pet-friendly wing would get rid of a serious barrier individuals face when attempting to escape an abusive relationship. They also learned that children do better when the pets remain with them.
The shelter is adding seven kennels, a trail and pet-friendly play area. Rose Brooks becomes the first shelter in the area to accept pets.
It was a horrible situation, but due to the heroic efforts of this unnamed dog, his owner and others who are in need (and their dogs) will now have a chance to receive help at the Center. Click here for the full story.