Abandoned Chihuahua Becomes Larger Conversation About Domestic Abuse

Posted by Amber King
Chihuahua puppy abandoned with note
Connor and Millie's Dog Rescue/Facebook

People aren't the only ones that suffer from domestic violence.

A three-month-old Chihuahua named Chewy was found alone and afraid inside McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.

According to a note found with the dog, Chewy's owner was a victim of domestic violence. The note describes how the woman "had no other choice" but to leave the dog in hopes the right person would find him.

Posted by Connor and Millie's Dog Rescue CMDR on Saturday, July 1, 2017

Unable to afford a plane ticket for Chewy but also unwilling to leave the dog with her abusive partner, the woman was forced to make a rushed and desperate decision. The note describes how her ex-boyfriend kicked the tiny dog while he was angry and left "a big knot" on Chewy's head. 

In need of veterinary attention and an escape from the abusive environment, Chewy found himself waiting in an airport bathroom while his owner escaped to safety.

Posted by Connor and Millie's Dog Rescue CMDR on Saturday, July 1, 2017

Eventually, someone found the dog and reported the situation to airport officials. Chewy was taken to Connie and Millie's Dog Rescue in Las Vegas where rescuers checked the bump on his head and gave him a clean bill of health.

When the story surrounding Chewy's abandonment surfaced, the Internet responded in a surprising way. Thousands of people have commented on Facebook praising the woman for her bravery and actions. One user posted:

"I can't imagine the struggle she had to go through leaving Chewy behind, but to have that much love and compassion for him is incredible. I hope she is safe where ever she is."

I'm flameless totally flameless!! Wowzers! Let's see if I can't Arhoooo in English cause my pictorial was in the Daily...

Posted by Connor and Millie's Dog Rescue CMDR on Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Support for the woman came pouring in, and her story opened a dialogue about the underlying issue that forced her hand. While domestic abuse shelters across the country open their doors as a safe haven for people suffering from domestic violence, the pets in the relationship have nowhere to go. Few shelters allow pets, and too many people are forced to choose between their pets and escaping the relationship.

READ MOREWomen's Shelter Gives Pet Owners an Escape from Domestic Violence 

Pets are a part of the family, and for women like Chewy's owner, leaving them behind to continue suffering isn't an option. Programs including Safe Pet from Autumn House are working to give pet owners a better alternative, but they're few and far between. The system isn't changing quickly enough to save pets, and animals like Chewy suffer because of it.

Hey Vegas!! Chewy here🐾🐾Is everypawdy done makin' all that loud noises and being silly??? Sounded scary like. Anyhoo:...

Posted by Connor and Millie's Dog Rescue CMDR on Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Thankfully, Chewy's story has a happy ending. Connor and Millie's Dog Rescue has received thousands of adoption applications from people wanting to make the tiny pup a part of their family. The shelter announced they will comb through the applications to find the perfect family, but they're also reaching out to Chewy's original owner. They said on Facebook;

"We will absolutely reunite should she come forward and wants him and is in the position to care for him safely. Her safety is a major concern and she may not be able to risk coming forward and CMDR asks that you respect her decision as it is hers and hers alone to make."

In the meantime, there are countless other dogs in need of help. Visit the adoption page for Connor and Millie's Dog Rescue to give Chewy's friends a second chance at a good life.

What do you think of Chewy's story? Let us know in the comments below.

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