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Woman and Dog Sleep in Tent When Denied Access to Shelter

The need for domestic violence shelters to become pet-friendly was demonstrated dramatically in Spain recently when a survivor named Ucanca González was denied access to a women’s shelter because she has a dog. She and her dog slept in a tent and were guarded 24/7 by two law enforcement officials because they considered her situation especially highrisk. Our Link affiliate in Spain, Observatorio de Violencia Hacia los Animales (formerly GEVHA) offered help with its Program VioPet (see below) and initiated a cooperation with Social Services and local shelters to prevent future similar cases. The high-profile case generated significant media interest.

Source: The LINK-letter June 2016


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