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<div class="quote-block">A hero dog has changed the policy at a battered woman shelter.<br>
Last year, a woman was nearly beaten to death by her boyfriend.<br>
He literally took a hammer and began beating her with both ends of it.<br>
When she was lying on the floor, near death, her Great Dane threw himself on top of her, absorbing most of the hammer blows from the boyfriend until the man threw them both out of a second story window!<br>
We have trouble even believing one human could do that to another.</div>
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<br><a href="http://teddyhilton.com/2012-01-18-a-hero-dog-a-great-dane-threw-himself-on-top-of-a-woman-during-a-domestic-abuse-assault-by-her-hammer-wielding-boyfriend" target="_blank">http://teddyhilton.com/2012-01-18-a-...ding-boyfriend</a>
 

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They also completely changed the policy of the centre to allow pets now, which is explained in the link, but I just am awed by what the dog did! I can hardly imagine people doing that, even the best of people.
 

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Was the man blind or didn't he care much about who he was hitting?
 

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There's my cry for the day <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/bigcry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":cry:">
 

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Well, most people would rather try to to disarm the attacker rather than to throw themselves in harm's way.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Envy</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3090782"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Well, most people would rather try to to disarm the attacker rather than to throw themselves in harm's way.</div>
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Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. My dad used to have a dog who was a great protector. She would bite anyone who tried to harm a member of our family. One time, my cousin pushed my sister jokingly, and the dog jumped up and grabbed his hand in her mouth to make him stop, but she was smart enough not to bite down and hurt him while doing it. Lady was a truly great guard dog, and also a very friendly and lovable member of the family. I still miss that mutt.<br><br>
But she was only a 40 lb mutt - probably 1/4 the size of a great dane.<br><br>
--Fromper<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/juggle.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":juggle:">
 

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Interesting story. Not really surprising though. Dogs are very loyal and will usually do more than get in the way of an attack.<br><br>
My dog is very protective of me. I suspect an attacker would have to kill her or risk drawin' back a nub.
 

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I read this story a few weeks ago on RAINN's fb page. Not only is it incredible but it really was an eye opener. I had no idea 40% of domestic abuse victims won't leave because of their pets or they do but live in their cars. I also never really thought about the fact that the majority of shelters don't allow animals. It's wondeful that this shelter is changing their policies and building kennels for all the animals! I hope more shelters consider doing the same.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>fadeaway1289</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3090965"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I read this story a few weeks ago on RAINN's fb page. Not only is it incredible but it really was an eye opener. I had no idea 40% of domestic abuse victims won't leave because of their pets or they do but live in their cars. I also never really thought about the fact that the majority of shelters don't allow animals. It's wondeful that this shelter is changing their policies and building kennels for all the animals! I hope more shelters consider doing the same.</div>
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For a little while I volunteered at a women's shelter that allowed pets. It was a one of a kind place. I worked with the cats.<br>
These places are extremely important. Not only does it make it possible for more victims to leave violence, it also helps protect the animals and together the family can heal because the pets are often a great source of comfort to abuse victims.
 

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Poor dog. I'm glad that they changed the policy. I find it really aggravating that the victim of abuse is forced to leave the home and the abuser is allowed to stay. It seems completely backward to me. I met someone last year who was forced to relocate as her ex-partner held her and her kids hostage in her house.
 

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I'm glad both the dog and the woman survived, but it shouldn't have taken an incident like this to change the shelter policy. If some folks are afraid of (or allergic to) dogs, cats, or any other pets, then of course there should be some animal-free shelters to accommodate those people also.
 

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A lot of people who abuse their spouses and children often start with the family pet. This is not only physical abuse to the animal, but psychological abuse to the human members of the family, serving as a "warning" that they'll be next.
 

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Such a sad story. I'm glad they changed their policy.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Pixie</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3091270"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Poor dog. I'm glad that they changed the policy. I find it really aggravating that the victim of abuse is forced to leave the home and the abuser is allowed to stay. It seems completely backward to me. I met someone last year who was forced to relocate as her ex-partner held her and her kids hostage in her house.</div>
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This! Having personally experienced this, it is terribly degrading for the victim.
 
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