A brave pooch showed just how far dogs will go to protect their humans after shielding his owner from a vicious domestic abuse attack. Thanks to him, The Rose Brooks Center became pet-friendly.
By, 21 Sep 2019
It begins with a desperate call in the middle of the night and a phone operator in Kansas City, USA, who can't quite believe what she's hearing. When you work in a rescue shelter for victims of domestic abuse, stories like this become all too familiar, but this one was especially shocking.
A disturbing and vicious attack
The victim had been beaten with a hammer by her boyfriend, who then threw her out of a second storey window.
The unnamed woman sustained dozens of serious injuries, but things could have taken a fatal turn if it wasn't the brave and selfless action of her pet dog, an 8-stone Great Dane. During the prolonged attack, the giant pooch leapt between his owner and the attacker, using his muscular body as a shield to absorb most of the blows.
The Brook Rescue Shelter instantly offered the unnamed woman a place. However, when she found out about the no pet policy, she had to refuse. After all, how could she abandon her hero?
Susan Miller is the Rose Brook chief executive officer. She said:
"She was not going to leave her pet alone with [the boyfriend]."
So after a brief consultation with senior staff, Susan decided it was time to update the pet policy and the furry hero became the centre's first non-human guest. And he hasn't been the last!
The Rose Brooks Center now accepts companion animals and even invested $140,000 into making the shelter pet-friendly.
"They provide so much comfort, and to have to leave that pet behind is so heartbreaking," said Miller. "The incredible therapeutic benefits that pets can have on a family greatly outweigh the cost and inconvenience of housing them."
We'll probably never discover the name of this incredible pooch, but we're sure he's getting all the strokes and doggy treats he deserves!