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Shelter house for the pets of battered women
When victims of domestic violence escape to shelters, they often have to leave their pets behind.
They won't have to make that choice any more in Okaloosa County.
Shelter House has opened a new kennel for dogs and cats.
The "Kind Heart Kennel" is a project they've been working toward for over a year.
The director says many people stay in abusive relationships because they're afraid of what will happen to their pets if they leave.
Michelle Sperzel/Shelter House "We had a woman who came in, she made the choice and she left her dogs there. And when she called home to check on her animals, she was on the phone with her abuser and the abuser shot and killed one of the dogs. And that's when we decided no more"
Director Michelle Sperzel says the shelter has been getting calls from victims of violence, asking when the kennel would be ready.
The project was paid for by a twenty-thousand dollar grant from the Dugas Family Foundation.