When 3-month-old chihuahua, Chewy, was found in a Las Vegas airport restroom, he was injured.
While at first glance, this seemed like a cruel tragedy, the truth was very different.
Chewy had a handwritten note attached to him explaining something heartbreaking.
“Hi! I’m Chewy! My owner was in an abusive relationship and couldn’t afford me to get on the flight. She didn’t want to leave me with all her heart but she has NO other option. My ex-boyfriend kicked my dog when we were fighting and he has a big knot on his head. He probably needs a vet. I love Chewy sooo much — please love and take care of him.”
Chewy was quickly brought to Connor and Millie's Dog Rescue. Linda Gilliam, president and founder of the rescue, learned Chewy's story and knew she had to help.
"My heart dropped to my knees," Gilliam told The Dodo. "I didn't hesitate to accept him and instructed my foster to immediately get him to an ER."
Chewy was on his way to living a healthier life!
While it is unknown where the woman that left Chewy behind ended up, Gilliam hopes the story of abuse is enough to help those in similar situations. If there is a need to escape from abuse, but no way to take a pet along, you can contact a local animal rescue group. In many cases, the rescues are able to keep pets with their original owners.
"This is a very overlooked issue as a whole," Gilliam said. "We also wanted to try and get the message to Chewy's mom that she did a brave thing and that he is safe and will have a great life."
If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Help is available over the phone or on the computer. For pets in need of a safe home away from violence and abuse, there is help available.
Source: The Dodo