Domestic shelter in Victoria to include pets

VICTORIA, Texas (AP) - A $2 million domestic violence facility expected to open next year in Victoria isn't just about helping people.

The Women's Crisis Center in Victoria is adding a pet shelter.

Jo Janssen with Mid-Coast Family Services says the organization has had victims of domestic violence refuse to seek shelter because there were no accommodations for their pets.

Janssen says some people who left pets behind have told horror stories of animal abuse and death. She says it is "terribly traumatic for these victims and leaves horrible scars, especially on the children."

The Women's Crisis Center has formed a partnership with the American Humane Association to take part in the pets and women's shelter program, or PAWS.

The American Humane Association has awarded the center a $2,500 grant.

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