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More domestic violence shelters are taking in pets

General March 26, 2014

Peppah, a pet chiquawa, wears a doggie coat while being carried by her owner to their apartment, inside a shelter for victims of domestic violence, Tuesday March 18, 2014 in New York. The shelter is the city’s first pet-friendly domestic violence shelter, one in a fast-growing number of similar sanctuaries around the country that reflect growing awareness that animals can be both victims of family violence and key factors in their owners’ willingness to flee. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK (AP) — When her abusive husband left for work last fall, she grabbed her kids, her dog and her bags, only to run up against a heart-wrenching obstacle: None of the city's more than 50 domestic violence shelters would accept the pet.


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