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Area domestic violence victims now have the option of bringing their pets to a safety shelter

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Amarillo, TX - Pets in domestic violence households now have a place to go.

According to statistics half of women in an abusive relationship delay leaving or go back to a bad situation because they are worried about what can happen to their pets.

The Amarillo Shelter for Domestic Violence Victims is converting a storage unit into a kennel to house up to six pets.

Renovations include adding climate control windows and dog runs.

"Up to 88 percent of domestic violence victims report that their abusers have threatened, injured or killed their pets so that's the main reason that we are doing this," says Jim Womack, Executive Director of Family Support Services.

A local kennel has agreed to house any pets while renovations are going on and even after renovations are done, they have agreed to take care of any overflow. The shelter hopes to have everything ready for victims pets by next month.
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