A new program in Columbus is trying to help families and their four-legged friends by focusing on the link between domestic violence and animal abuse.Columbus
Helping the Fight Against Animal Abuse
Sep 23, 2005, 04:29 PM
A new program in Columbus is trying to help families and their four-legged friends by focusing on the link between domestic violence and animal abuse.
Pets are often the forgotten victims of family violence. They find themselves being used as weapons in domestic violence situations.
In a survey done last year, the Columbus City Attorney's office found that more than 50 percent of domestic violence victims had pets. The study showed that many times the animals are being used as weapons and as leverage.
There are no dual shelters in Columbus to house people and pets. However, PAWS, The People and Animal Welfare Society, hopes to change that.
One of the starting programs is to find a way to provide domestic violence victims with a safe haven for their animals. This means if a victim is in need of safety for their pet that, a place would be provided and that animal would be protected while that victim was in danger.
Officials hope that reassurance will help them in their efforts to protect the two and the four legged victims of abuse.
The PAWS program is working with the Columbus Coalition Against Family Violence to stop the cycle of abuse.
The Coalition holds its eighth annual New Albany Classic fundraiser on Sunday.