Many victims of domestic violence fear to leave their beloved pets behind at the hands of their abuser, but now they can rest assured and bring their bigger dogs with them to the New Hope Crisis Center shelter in Brigham City.
Two weeks ago the shelter became the first in Utah to allow bigger, outdoor dogs to stay at the shelter with victims. They have allowed small dogs in kennels and cats at their shelter for the past year but to help accommodate their clients they built a dog run that can hold up to three dogs at a time.
Research was done on women in domestic violence situations and 78 percent of them stated that they wouldn’t go to a shelter because they can’t take their pets with them. Instead they stay behind in violent situations and homes.
“When I saw that (research) I thought it was so stupid!” said New Hope Crisis Center Director Annette Macfarlane. “Why would they leave their beloved pet to the mercy of their abuser?”
Tanner Peck, a local Eagle Scout, was looking to do an Eagle Project and when he heard about the shelter’s need for a dog run he jumped into action. Tanner got some friends together and leveled, formed and smoothed the area before LeGrand Johnson’s Kirk Macfarlane donated the cement. Tanner donated the fencing, doghouses and food and water bowls for the dog run too.
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