A hero in profile—this Great Dane saved the life of his female owner. (Photo: KCTV-5)
The statistics are powerful and disturbing. According to The American Humane Society, 71 percent of pet-owning females who enter women’s shelters reported that their batterer had injured, maimed, killed or threatened family pets for revenge or to psychologically control family members.
Up to 40 percent of women are unable to escape abusive situations because they worry about what will happen to their animals if they leave. Because of their loyalty to their animals, and the psychological comfort dogs and cats provide, battered women have been known to live in their cars for months waiting for an available opening in a pet-friendly safe house.
But, thanks to one brave Great Dane, a 110-pound hero canine whose name has not been released to media outlets, things could be changing.
The New York Daily News reports that the courageous dog threw himself on top of the woman as her boyfriend beat her mercilessly with both sides of a hammer. The dog leapt on top of the woman, an act of valor that caused him to suffer a broken hip, rib and other bones, before the man threw both woman and dog out a second story window.
The victim, who wanted to remain anonymous, refused to leave “her angel” behind when she went to the Rose Brooks Center shelter in Kansas City, Missouri, said the center's chief executive Susan Miller.